THE BROKEN MUG

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Joel and Joshua are the two sons of iya yard as she is fondly called by all and sundry. She had been the one taking care of them since the demise of their father pastor Noel.

Iya yard has taken it upon her to always remind her children of their mission and purpose in life since she had received the revelation of their journey on earth six months after their birth while she was praying for them. This time, she decided to repeat it to their hearing due to Joel’s behaviour since they had turn twelve, Joel had been relenting in his spiritual ability, he hardly pray alone and is always finding one excuse or the other not to be in the family devotion or prayer programme at times.

He confessed to Joshua while he (Joshua) was trying to encourage him that nothing about spiritual life interests him other than to beat the set drums in the church. He says “any time I go to church, don’t think that I hear anything been said or done but of course when it’s time to dance I beat it for them to dance and that’s all. Mummy cannot choose for me I have my own life to live.”

At sixteen they gained admission into the higher institution and Joel became worse, it is always from one club or party to another with little or no time to read. When the first semester exam was released he performed excellently well and he began to mock Joshua whose performance is not up to his own.

Joel continued in this act and was moving from bad to worse and to worst. Joshua reported him when they got home but he denied it all and even used his result as a proof of his seriousness.

Their mother shunned him and told him” do you think I don’t know all that you have been doing in school even as I did not follow you there? I know that your result is as a result of the grace that you carry and if you are not careful sin will make it vanish which I pray will not happen in Jesus name.”

Joel replied “mummy I know what I’m doing o everyone whom i’ve been seeing serving this God are adults why not let me be I’ll surrender my life when I become an adult”. His mother  replied ” my son life is not like that do you remember elder Tolu’s daughter who died last year?” Joel answered “what about her?” you are older than  she was and yet she died before you so anybody can die at any time but what matters is where we are going.

Joshua the two of you should listen to me I’ve always told you this story and I will not hesitate to tell you again. When you were six months I received a revelation about the you; Joshua so many lives have been committed into your hands so you must serve God as if your life depends on it which it actually does and you must not fail God, you must follow his steps and biddings he said he has anointed you to do more than what the Joshua in the bible did and since he did not fail God you must not fail him also.

Joel the Lord said you are a great medical doctor, he said you will be more famous than Ben Carson but you must reveal God to your patients, give them the messages of hope and lead them to Christ who is the greatest physician. So my children can you now see that without God there is nothing you can become? Truly there are other people in your fields who may not know God and do well but you must stay with him because he owns the key to your successes.

Joel replied then mummy that means Joshua will be a pastor while I will be a medical doctor then we have both chosen our path and what I know is that anyone who carries anointing is already anointed so no number of sins can dry it up because it is divine.

Joshua replied Joel you better let us listen to what mummy is saying, remember that the Samson in the bible also had anointing but he carried it to where he shouldn’t look at where he ended.

Joshua forgets that one, anyone who carries anointing is anointed and do you still remember that our own is divine? Joel, Joel, Joel he answered yes mummy, as from now try and  strive to give your life to Jesus because there is more enjoyment in than you know and the more you move closer to him the more you know and enjoy him better.

And Joshua remember he that thinks that he stands should be careful least he fall, the lord will uphold you both in Jesus name. They both chorused amen

In their final year Joshua’s result was still far below Joel’s result. Joel will graduate with first class while he is nowhere near him. Joshua began to think, he began to query God while he had to be the one that will be behind academically while Joel is not serving God and as even made Sunday an outing day be ahead of him, he then decide to follow Joel on his next outing to see for himself what Joel is doing whenever he goes out

When Joel returned he told him that he would like to follow him to where he normally go but Joel told him that he had stopped unnecessary outings and broke up with the friends who can lure him and as found Jesus in a church and that is where he had been going for the past one month. Joshua explained to him that he just felt that it is better to stop following the Jesus who had been giving him low scores and follow Joel to wherever he always get his ‘As’.

Then Joel asked him that ‘’are you not the one who had been preaching Jesus to me, I thought you should be happy now that I’ve found him?’’.

Joshua told him that I feel like I’ve implicated you by preaching Jesus to you, what if your result also falls like mine?

Joshua if you graduate from this university with first class where will it take you? Job, job, job and there’s a place where you don’t even need certificate to enter and I think you should be more concerned about that than result replied Joel.

Well, if you don’t know I’ve been faithful to this Jesus all this while because I thought he will make me the best and since he can’t and there is no signs of mum’s revelation coming to pass on me, I think it’s enough of blind followership I want something that is real.

Joel told him you have the real already, do not throw it away, Jesus is real.

I had thrown him away since three days ago, he’s making my luggage too heavy than I can bear, I want to be free like you; I want to do whatever I like without fear or guilt.

Joel told him “freedom is Jesus and although sin looks free but is bondage to Satan who will wrap sufferness and make it look attractive but Jesus is real to you and also gives you the freedom to choose. Joshua I’ve experienced the two and am telling you the best one now you had better stay with him he has a good plan for you

Sstoooppp!!! e-nough Joshua shouted and went out angrily.

When he came back Joel was on his kneels praying for him, he asked Joshua to join him but left him to sleep when he saw that he was dead drunk and while he was praying he fell into a trance while Joshua also had a dream.

Joshua was holding onto a mug in the dream and was cherishing it, whenever it got stained he will tearfully clean it up and the old man who gave him the mug was happy with him. He took the mug to a river but whenever he uses the cup to take water from the river it is always a small one while others’ cup, mug, bucket and even spoon was always full to the brim, when Joshua saw this he annoyingly threw the mug to the floor and it got broken. The old man came nearer and asked what happened and he explained to the old man what happened.

The old man told him “little boy, you have wasted my resources on you the mug I gave you cost me so much to build so also is my grace that protected you to the river, I expected you to come back and use the little water in your mug to satisfy thirst souls but you failed because you were busy comparing your cup with others’. You were only looking at those that had buckets forgetting about those that have spoons have I not created and commissioned you all?

You renounce me openly and I will also deny you in the presence of my father. I have mended the broken cup and given it to your twin brother Joel, he will be a medical doctor and also a pastor because I have seen his faithfulness and your hypocrisy, you are only faithful to me because of what you hope to become in the world. I deny you as you have denied me, I deny you as you have denied me…… the voice was repeating this until they both woke up and Joshua began to cry pleading for mercy and Joel also was lamenting for the years he had wasted in coming to Christ.

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