My brother Seun was like the black sheep of the family. Any rule my parents made, Seun made it a point of duty to break. If you came to my house and my parents were screaming, you could rightly guess Seun was at it again.
My mum had declared that none of her children would leave Nigeria for a first degree. She felt that most Nigerian children schooling abroad lived without guidance and some of them got into drugs and all manner of vices.
At the time Seun finished school and was waiting to get into the University, I was already in the University and my older brother Jide was also about to round up, so Seun was at home with my mum and our baby brother Eniola. Around the same time, the house help left and we were all worried. How would Mum cope with work, the house and my younger brother? She did not have a driver at the time so we were desperate to get a house help as I was going back to school.
Before I left for school, I went to Seun’s room to talk to him.
“Seun, I beg you, please don’t give Mummy headache. Please, I’m not saying do anything around the house, just don’t be a nuisance.”
Seun looked at me, shook his head, and walked out of the room.
As soon as I settled down in school, I called my Mum, and she said everything was fine. I was surprised to hear that. She had not gotten a help, and yet things were fine? How?
“Your brother Seun has surpassed my expectations. He takes Eniola to school and brings him back, washes my car, drives me to work and back, helps Eniola with his homework, and whenever he goes out he comes back at a decent time.”
I couldn’t believe it! When I came back home from school, the house was in perfect shape and everything was as my Mum said. I went to Seun’s room to see him.
“Eh ehn, Seun!”
He looked at me and said, “You people think I’m a bad person, right?”
Seun’s conduct moved my Mum so much that she started thinking of what she could do for him. Both of us would go out and she would start asking me, “Should I buy this shirt for Seun? What about these shoes? What should I buy for him?”
“Why not ask him what he wants?” I replied one day.
So we got home and she asked Seun what he wanted.
“I want to go to school in England,” Seun said. “All my friends have gone, and I’m the only one left in Nigeria.”
That was how Seun went to study in England.
For Christians, it’s the same thing. There is a dimension that serving God activates for you. The Bible says if you obey and serve God, you will live your days in prosperity and your years in pleasures (Job 36:11).
Service brings a dimension to a relationship. It make your record with God good, as though God is now indebted to you and will look for ways to pay you back.
5 Ways to Serve God
- Giving to the poor.
- Looking for a need in the church and taking care of it.
- Giving to humanity without announcing it or expecting anything in return.
- Preaching the gospel, praying for people who are hurting, taking care of widows and orphans.