WHO DO PEOPLE SAY I AM?

George Onyedikachukwu Nnadozie with Esther Nnaji and Josh:
When Jesus asked His disciples who people say He was, He wasn’t trying to check if He should adjust to sooth people’s opinion! He only wanted to see if they really know who He is! Peter as inspired by God declared He is the son of the living God and it was on that revelation that Jesus built His Church. Jesus was not trying to know if people were saying He was a womanizer or a drunk or any of that! Jesus paid no attention when they said He eats with sinners and drinks wine! He didn’t withdraw because of mass opinions!
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Don’t blame people for what they think about you sometimes because they are only operating at the frequency of what they know and they can also know wrong! Don’t let what they think get you stagnant and limit you from going where God has designed you to be. People will always have a perception about you, some would be wrong and some could be right but don’t waste your time trying to explain or defend yourself! I saw a quote on a T-shirt that said “Kill them with success!” And I derived something there to say “let’s your result answer them!”
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If we have to start streamlining our lives to sooth what people want and what they think, we won’t live out the best of us. We all can’t be the same and we all can’t be doing the same thing! When people try to dictate to you how to live based on their own definition of morality and ethics, don’t limit yourself with it… Look at the word of God and see how you should live. I remember being cautioned by a Pastor friend who said “George, it is wrong to wear wristband! You’re a minister of God and you shouldn’t be associated with such habits!” I was shocked and very dumbfounded! Wristband? For crying out loud, it is wrist band!
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The other day too, another had told me it was wrong to have grown nails. Yes, I don’t really always want to allow my nails grow and when they do it is because I hadn’t really had time to cut it as it grows very fast and strong! I politely told him “you could be right anyway. But please where is that moral code coming from?” And he hesitated a bit to say “I just don’t like it and people don’t like it too, so it’s wrong to have grown nails on your hands”. I was taken aback by that ridiculous remark coming from a fellow believer in Christ Jesus. What happened to us?
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I also remember dancing in Church as a youth leader and a young fellow came to me and said “Man of God, can I have a word with you?” I really felt it was something worth giving listening ears to and I took him into the vestry and he started “George, I really had to tell you this” he took a deep breath and exhaled “I don’t think it is right for a man of God like you to be dancing in Church. You need to sit down and be collected… You need to put up some reserve so that people wouldn’t look down on you. Let them dance but don’t dance with them…” That was another bomb! He wanted me to feel bound from expressing the joy in my heart! Why? Because of the people! Oh yes… The people were his deciding factor for determining what I do and what I don’t do. It wasn’t even from a love motive but from an egocentric motive!
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I can go on and on to give examples on how people want us to live our life based on the moral ethics and codes they have developed from what they like and dislike! If they like it? It’s morally sound and if they don’t? It is bad! If they were usually caught up in a mess then everyone is prone to that too…. That’s why they also look at you and mock you when you’re seated in a public place with a young beautiful or handsome person. They already conclude you’re doing something silly with the fellow because they are judging you based on their own weaknesses!
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My growth as a believer didn’t really so much happened within the very religious circle! I remember the first place I ever became very committed in the Church was a youth ministry! I also became a leader in this ministry without any influence at all from ministers and religious people! I grew spiritually from home and not from the Church circle so I wasn’t conversant with the rules they derived for themselves. During those times after youth service, we would always take camera selfies, have extra fun meetings after meetings! We would ensure we accompany everyone home and we always walked in groups comprising of both male and females! We usually looked our best and it was easy to see a young christian hug another innocently and out of excitement! We were young and we were expressing Jesus at our young capacity then! We also usually had prayer nights every Wednesday and after the prayers we’d keep singing or dancing till it was 3am.
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Because of this public display of friendship and love amongst us, so many other people started bringing up theories upon theories! They’d say something must be wrong with us as long as we were young people. They said it wasn’t possible to have such young people in that close circle and not have immorality at it’s peak! They said a lot of things and even had to send spies during our night meetings! As the leader, I was always the prime target! Personally, I enjoyed sharing memories I had with these lovely family on the social media and I still do now! People would also call and say “you shouldn’t post pictures you took with girls on the social media, it doesn’t pass the right message!” And I kept wondering the message they were talking about! What is there definition of moral? But it is okay I share the pictures I took with guys right? Personally, sharing those pictures was my own way of telling everyone who graced by camera shots “you’re special”.
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I understood life differently, I understood Christianity differently and I saw from a different perspective! If at all there were crazy things I do in the secret, why bring them out in the public? Well, I never really even had to explain! I had a mission and I am on that mission… If I always have to stop by and explain why I am on a bike instead of the bus, I might not really get there!
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Don’t always be concerned with what people say you are! Answer them with your result and be focused on the result. I wonder what they would have said of Jesus when He would visit Mary and Martha and one would sit at His feet! I wonder what they would have said when they saw Jesus and a promiscuous woman at the Samaritan well! I wonder what they were thinking when Jesus entertained a woman breaking her treasure on His feet! I wonder what they thought when Jesus had a massive followership of women in His ministry who catered for Him. I wonder what people said but Jesus never made a big deal of it!
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Living in the boundaries of the word of God should be your only concern! Let your life be directed by the word of God! Let this word be the light unto your path and believe me, the word gives you freedom to enjoy the life God has given to you. The ultimate way to live the word is to live in love, love is the bed rock of righteous living! Don’t lower your standards to sooth the people’s opinion even if they are church people!
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Know who you are, live who you are!
When people criticize you and you find truth in it, silently adjust and don’t make a noise about it! When they judge you too, ignore them… Jesus knew who He is and that was what He wanted to communicate to them. Whose report do you want to believe? The biggest enemy to your progress is “what people said or think…” Find a way of changing the narrative without focusing on what they said!
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Who do people say you are? It doesn’t matter that much now! You sincerely know yourself and you know where you need improvement and where people aren’t saying the right thing…. Don’t respond them. Answer them with result!
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Blessings.
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#GracefulGeorge

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