The power of personal example by Dr. Segun ‘Tremendous’ Oshinaga

by Church Times
“Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The Message Bible MSG)
In the late 1800’s, a large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Bible conferences in Massachusetts. As was their custom, the European guests put their shoes outside the dorm rooms at night to be cleaned by the hall servants. Of course, this was America. No hall servants, no clean shoes.
Determined not to embarrass his brothers, Moody, the most influential evangelist of his generation first tried to enlist help from some ministerial students, but he was met with silence or pious excuses.
Eventually, Moody gathered the shoes and cleaned and polished them in his room by himself. Moody was a man with a servant’s heart.
Serving one another best characterizes the essence of Christian culture. This ‘culture of service’ is almost obliterated in our self-centered, self-loving, self-focused ‘me, I and myself’ world. This message is often obscured by the warning to look out for “number one.”
But the Bible says we have been set free so that we can serve and love others. If we are not careful, we may sit happily and smugly in our born-again condition and never grasp our Lord’s intention that we have been set free so that can serve one another in love.
For many of us, our spiritual lives become stagnant because we have not shared the abundance of what we have received generously from our Lord. Instead, we hoard what we have received from God.  The Lord intends that we be channels of His goodness.
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
(John 13:34)
I love the King James Version rendering of verse two of 2 Timothy, chapter three –
‘For men shall be lovers of their selves…’
This unholy vice is at the root of almost all the maladies that afflict our world today. Selfishness is the breeding pond of social vices. It is the prison house that holds in chains man’s loftiest potentials. Until the hold of ‘self’ is broken, sin, wickedness, and evil are not far behind.
Serving one another therefore is the cure and the antidote to the virus called selfishness. Every time we reach out of ourselves and reach out to others, we are breaking the hold of the ‘sin of self.’ I dare you to serve others today no matter in what capacity and at what level.
Dr. Segun Oshinaga has had a rich and varied experience and career in business, ministry, and government.
He is the President of Inspirational Global Network, a platform through which he ministers and speaks across the world with Inspire and Wisdom Conferences and revivals.
He is also the CEO of Productivity Plus, a training programme for executives in industry, and also the host of Productivity Plus TV Broadcast, a personal development, and life enhancement programme.
He also runs Leadership Plus and WisdomSphere. To invite him to speak or for the training of your workforce or sponsorship on radio and TV stations,
Email: info@SegunOshinaga.Org/
Tel/WhatsApp +2348030773584 +2348022073050
Inspirational Global Network, Inc
Suite DA8, 3rd Floor, Apo Sparklight Mall, opposite Living Faith church, Durumi, Abuja
Box 5601 Garki, Area 10, Abuja

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