A tragic event occurred some years back at Ilasamaja area in Lagos Nigeria. The Chief Priestess of a Masquerading Clan (traditionally called Iya Agan) had just died. As part of the funeral rites for the departed, a masquerading parade was held with drums, dancing and all the works. We watched as a masquerade led the parade down the popular Kekere-owo Street. They got to a T-junction where they had to make a choice as to which way they should take to get to the other side of the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, as they were heading for Ilasamaja. On their right side is the road leading to an overhead bridge, which will safely deliver them to the other side without the perils of the Expressway. On the left was the path to the expressway. The masquerade, probably beclouded by a few drinks of local gin or considering to take a faster route commanded them to take the Expressway, which looks like a shortcut but dangerous all the same. We watched in horror from the balcony of our house as the masquerade got to the expressway, raised his hands as if trying to stop the speeding vehicles. He motioned to the crowd to cross the road and they raced to cross the long stretch of the six-lane expressway. Midway, a truck driver lost control and as a result dumped his loaded container on the crowd. Broken bones, smashed skulls, splattered blood, dead bodies et cetera littered everywhere. People we saw few moments ago dancing were now dead. The crowd surrounded the masquerade and gave him the beating of his life. Suddenly he took off his head mask and ran for his dear life. We never saw him again.
Whenever you find yourself at the crossroads of life, note that in every decision, there is always the better part. Jesus said:
Luke 10:42 – But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Secondly, not all that looks good ends good.
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Thirdly, the path you take determines the destination you will arrive at. For example, you cannot take the path that leads to hell and expect to end up in heaven. On a fourth note, the path you take determines the consequences or the rewards. When you make a choice, you have unconsciously set in a process to which an end is pre-determined. Decisions determines destiny.
More importantly, we are all on a journey of life and the devil is like that masquerade, misleading millions of people daily, telling them that all roads lead to God; that hell does not exist, and many other lies and then at the point of death, he abandons them to face a Christ-less eternity in hell. Take a moment to ponder on this: Hell is a place of no return.
The moment your eyes are closed in death, there is no room for repentance. But now you have a chance while you’re still full of life and health. Why not say this prayer with me:
Lord Jesus I am a sinner. Come into my life today. Be my Lord and Saviour. Forgive me of my sins and write my name in the book of life in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
The power to live above sin is delivered to you. You will miss hell and make heaven. Take a conscious decision to join with the household of faith in your area. Grow in faith. You will get there.
Source: Emmanuel Abina