“THE LIGHTHOUSE SQUAD!” ( The sequel to *Teacher Chuks*)
READ PART 3&4
Favour couldn’t sleep through out the night. The joy of what the morning held for the Lighthouse couldn’t make her bow to the pleasure of sleep.
“ Is this how God works?” Favour kept asking herself over and again…
Tina likewise couldn’t sleep but what was running through her mind was different. She was thinking of the position that she will hold in the school, once the property is given to them.
“ Favour will definitely be Principal, while Chuks will be Vice Principal or the other way round… What about me? What ?” Tina thought on her bed
“ Why these thoughts?” Tina chastised herself as she could smell jealousy.
“Tina, come off this, you are worrying yourself over a property that is not yet yours. Rather than giving the devil a listening ear, why don’t you use that time to pray that the Lord perfects the vow the man has made to God.” Tina said to herself
“Do I have to pray that A man who made a vow should fulfil the vow? It is his vow… ?”
“ Yes, you have to pray..It’s not enough that someone promises you something, you have to pray that the person will not be manipulated against you.” The still silent voice said to her…
” Hmmm…I will pray about it tomorrow. I am so tired!” Tina resolved in her heart and she turned off her room light.
Chuks saw a man stretching a parcel towards him, but suddenly a group of people who disguised as friends discouraged him from giving the parcel to him. One of those friends had a knife in his hand unknown to the man with the parcel… Chuks woke up from the dream but the pills he had at night was making him drowsy. He went back to sleep.
Favour on the other hand, decided to watch a movie. Her excitement had taken sleep from her. She had two options; it was either to pray or watch a movie in other to kill time. She choose the later option watching 5 episodes of a popular series she had always heard about…
“I don’t need to pray tonight, God has answered our prayers already.” She told herself.
Fred’s phone was ringing at 2am. He knew it was only his wife that could call him at that odd time. She was far away in New Jersey with the children…
” Hello Bolaji” Fred said
” Fred, please what is wrong with you? Why are you doing this to me?” Bolaji said weeping over the phone
” Bolaji! What is wrong? What have I done?” Fred said confused as he wiped the sleep off his face
“Akinbo told me you want to gift our property to a ministry!” Bolaji said
Fred couldn’t say a word in reply.He wanted to gift it out before telling Bolaji because He knew she was very tight fisted when it came to giving.
” God is in need of it!” Fred replied
” Really? Fred..I slave myself here in the cold to take care of the children and I, since nothing has been coming from you in the past two years. I even send you money. Now the only property I was hoping that upon completion will start fetching us money, Is what you want to throw away.”
” Bolaji, you only started paying the bills, two years ago and you know it’s because business went bad. Bolaji, God is asking me to give him this property, who knows this might be my Jesus christ ; my sacrifice that will make me gain all that I have lost. Bolaji, Even God had to lose His only son to gain the World. Let us give this to God, who knows He might give us a Global blessing…”
” Fred! Listen… I am not God, so I will not allow you make us lose the only sure thing we have and I swear if you do this behind my back, I will assume I have nothing left in Nigeria..NOTHING, and that nothing includes you…!” Bolaji said…
“THE LIGHTHOUSE SQUAD!” ( The sequel to *Teacher Chuks*)
As Inspired by the Living Word.
“ Uncle! Where are you?” Rosy said very excited as she received the phone call.
“ Erm… Rosy… there is a little problem!” Fred said
Rosy knew that voice!
“ Auntie?” Rosy replied. She knew her Uncle’s wife was very selfish and was always against Offerings, tithes, seeds, vows and First fruit. She remembered an argument she had witnessed in their house about three years back…
“ Fred! What do you mean you want to give your First profit to Minister John as your first fruit?” Her Aunty had said angrily…
“ That is what God commands! First fruit is for the Levites; that is the priests that work at the altar. And Minister John is a minister, I am blessed by his ministry. I choose him… I have been paying my tithes to him before now and paying my first profit from this new business is not a big deal!”
“ Your first profit from this business is 8 million, and you want to give it to one man? Isn’t that too much?” Bolaji said almost screaming
“ How can we expect men and women of God to devote themselves to the work of God, If we don’t meet their needs by giving them our tithes, our first fruits as instructed by God?” Fred replied
“ You keep saying as instructed by God, show me where it is written in the Bible that you should give your tithe and first fruit to your pastor or minister ?”
“ I didn’t say to just my pastor alone, I said to any minister, be it a man or a woman who is serving the Lord; inclusive of my pastor. Anyone who has separated themselves for the service of the Lord…who is blessing our lives Spiritually…or how else do you expect them to pay their bills…They are meeting our Spiritual needs, we should meet their physical needs..” Fred had said
“ They should get a side job!” Bolaji had replied
“ And you think they will be very efficient? Bolaji, when was the last time you had two hours personal bible study?”
Rosy remembered Aunty had been quiet…
“ In case you can’t remember, I will remind you, I think it should be over 3 years… Bolaji, how can we know the heart of God if we don’t study His Word. Unfortunately, we all live busy lives jumping from one work to the Other trying to make money.. God understands this and He therefore made provision for men and women of God who can be Ministers to his people. These ministers therefore have to get closer to him, devote their time to Him so that as He Opens up to them, they relay His messages to us… Hence it is our duty to take care of them… Besides all God is asking from what He has blessed you with is 10%.” Fred had said
“ I still want to know where it is written. Show it to me..!”
“ A lot of places but let me give you 2nd Chronicles 31: 4-6” Fred had said
“ Rosy do you have a Bible on your phone?” Aunty had asked Rosy knowing her to be someone who was against the church. Bolaji was looking for someone to join her in the Shaming of the tithe theory…
“ I don’t have, but on this matter I will download it!” Rosy remembered saying excitedly.
Rosy had downloaded the Bible App and opened the scripture her Uncle had mentioned…
“He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine,olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything. The people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the Lord their God, and they piled them in heaps” Rosy read out…
Aunty Bolaji had been quiet…
“ So ? That was King Hezekiah speaking.. One of the best Kings that ever lived. He followed the way of God and my best part of that verse is where He stated that the portion due to the priests and Levites should be given to them , so they could DEVOTE themselves to the Law of the Lord!”
Rosy remembered her uncle had won the conversation that day, but Aunty Bolaji made sure he did not give the minister the total 8 million.
Rosy remembered her uncle also read a chapter in Deuteronomy to support his stand, but Bolaji was not interested.
“ Auntie!” Rosy asked again from the quiet Fred…
“ I am sorry for the disappointment! I pray God finds another helper for the Lighthouse!” Fred had said disappointedly
Fred hung up very dissatisfied. He knew what he was doing wasn’t right but Bolaji was threatening to leave him and knowing who Bolaji was, she would carry out the threat!
“ Rosy, What is wrong?” Favour asked as soon as she saw the look on Rosy’s face when she stepped into the office…
Tina and Chuks were also present.
Rosy could not find the right words but a scripture popped up in her head …
“ For a great door and effectual is opened unto us, and there are many adversaries.” Rosy said
The trio understood what that meant immediately. Disappointment filled the room.
“ I am sorry!” Rosy said as tears flowed
“ No, it’s not your fault… I think it is my fault, I saw a vision pertaining to disappointment but I didn’t pray about it!” Chuks said
Tina knew she was to be blamed as well…
“ Same here, I had the feeling to pray but I felt like it was a blessing from God, So there was no point in praying.” Tina said
“ Rosy, are you saying the door is closed?” Favour asked
“ Yes, I am afraid so because if my uncle’s wife closes a door, no one can open it except she does by herself!”
“Hmm… Well, I guess we need to talk to God about your Aunty, since she is the one standing in the way of the blessing!” Chuks said
“ I doubt it! Even if God speaks to her, she won’t listen!” Rosy said…
The room was filled with silence as the disappointment hit them really hard…
Bolaji sat on her desk typing the minute of the last meeting… She suddenly felt the urge to cough..
She coughed and right on her paper in front of her, she saw the stain of blood from her mouth…
“ Blood!” Her colleague said in shock.
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