32: My employer #Lent2021

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5) + You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. (John 15:16)

For three nights and three days I was unable to sleep, because I was thinking so much about what decision I should make. On the third night, I woke Grace up during the night. I said, “Can you pray for me, I would like to receive Jesus Christ, because my heart is torn apart.”

And there she was; she woke up very delighted at the answer to her prayers. I knelt down, and she prayed for me, the believers’ prayer. I received Christ at that time. Sweat was coming out all over my body. After that, peace just reigned in my heart. I went back to bed, and God gave me a very brief sleep. During that five minutes’ sleep, Christ spoke to me, saying, “William, money is not happiness. I, Jesus, am happiness. I can even make you happy right here where you are, and from now on I will be with you wherever you go.”

His voice was hoarse, with a waterfall background, and it was in stereo. I heard it very loudly and clearly. And then I saw a flash of light. After that, I realised that Jesus was speaking to me. I thanked him for that, then I slept…

Since that night many years ago when I first encountered God in a powerful way, God has been my employer. Like all human beings, I had my own small plans, but God had far grander plans. I wanted a high-status expatriate job in the field of aviation, but God made me a penniless refugee. I wanted a secure job that would provide a safe upbringing for my children, but God sent me to work in a dangerous slum and took away my secure income. I wanted a happy and harmonious life, but God sent me quarrels and conflicts, and people who were damaged and deranged and desperately in need of love.

But ever since the day when God became my employer, he has not ceased to provide for me in miraculous ways. He has transformed my life from something which would ultimately have been insignificant into something which has great significance in the context of eternity. I have seen the lives of many poor and desperate people transformed by the power of Jesus into lives of hope and abundance. I have seen greedy people becoming generous, sick people being healed, corrupt people being made whole, and oppressed people becoming community leaders, all through the transforming power of Christ. Now that I have experienced what it is like for God to be my employer, I would not ever work for any other employer. Ω

Imagine: God is your employer. What takes priority? How are you provided for? Are there changes you need to make to how you use your time? Pray about it and, if there are any changes you need to make, commit to them now.

William Eyika was an air traffic controller in Uganda, on duty during the Entebbe raid. After that traumatic episode, and the subsequent summary executions of many of his co-workers, he and his wife Grace fled for their lives and found their way to Kenya. They became Christian and now run a church, Dagoretti Corner, in one of the poorest slums in Kenya. Our sister church, South Yarra Community Baptist, supported Dagoretti Corner for many years. This reflection is from William Eyika. God is my Employer. Melbourne: Synergy, 2010. #Lent2021. Real People, Real Stories: 40 Readings for Lent, Sanctuary, 2021. Image credit: Rachel Coyne on Unsplash.

What is this? Lent is the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Traditionally it is a time of intense reflection and pilgrimage. To help you on this journey, Sanctuary has put together 40 stories from people both within and beyond the congregation, with associated questions for reflection and prayer. A reading will be uploaded every day of Lent.

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