This world is pitch dark. Theres so-called family planning
where teenagers get "the pill" to prevent them from falling pregnant outside of
wedlock. They forsake good traditions of being pure and exchange it for bad western ways.
Boys have girlfriends and girls boyfriends while still at school. Things are rotten around
Paul says, "I want to present you as a chaste virgin to
Christ" (2Cor 11:2). The importance of purity has been lost these days. Children are
born out of wedlock, or girls murder their children through abortion.
These days I drove to the Tugela when someone stopped me on the
way and asked that I come and share a meal with them, because Ive done so much for
them. We ate under a thorn tree and then they brought out the bottles of booze, Smirnoff,
brandy etc., but we excused ourselves that we dont drink alcoholic drink. When they
asked us why, I explained that we dont drink alcoholic drink, we dont smoke or
live immoral. They answered that thats why we live to be so old, while they die
about half that age, because they love those things!
The Greek word for shine is to sparkle, so we should sparkle with
the glory of God. If we dont shine, those who arent Christians will point to
us and say, "how can we be a Christian while you do all these sins we do?" A
charlatan do such things but not a child of God who follows Him faithfully and preaches
His Word faithfully. Such a thing will be a disgrace and dishonour the Name of God!
I know Thomas since he was small. I remember even the wedding of
He and Mr Dube were like twins in their drinking of booze, before
they met with the Gospel and were transformed by God. When I was still a young preacher, I
met Mr Dube on a footpath and greeted him. He wore a big jacket and said that he was sick
with flu. I said to him Jesus can heal him and suggested that we pray right there. However
he was actually drunk and I didn't notice. As we knelt to pray a half full bottle of booze
fell out of his jacket's inside pocket. He quickly pushed it aside that I won't notice. We
prayed and he went on his way. Later he met Mr Mhlongo, the father of the bridegroom. He
gave him the bottle to drink. Mr Mhlongo was surprised and asked him why he didn't drink
it. He replied that he met the minister on the way and they prayed together and that he
can no longer drink. Mr Mhlongo then drank of the booze but immediately vomited. He asked
Mr Dube what the minister put in the bottle to make him so sick. He replied that they only
prayed together. Then they threw the bottle away and both stopped drinking alcohol and
boozing from that day.
As a small child Thomas told his mother that he had a desire on
his heart to serve the Lord at radio Khwezi. Sometimes his mother confided that she feared
her child would get proud, but Thomas has stayed faithful to the Lord all these years,
even when he had to do studies overseas. No wonder we should shout with joy! It is
uncommon these days for young people to remain faithful and pure. We have so many children
born out of wedlock and young people living together like married people without being
But young people entering marriage in purity such as these are
honourable. If only other young people would follow suit, there would be no AIDS problem
in our nation.
Theres also the awful drug called "krokodil",
worse than AIDS, causing a frightening condition. If you dont want to be consumed by
these evils, flee from sin.
Let your whole life shine, at home, at your work, wherever you
are, whatever you do. Let your wife never have reason to have suspicion of you (or the
husband of the wife), but that your light so shine that its clear to Whom you belong
and Whom you serve.