The Boy Who Wanted to Go to Enugu

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There was a boy who wanted to go to ‘Enugu’. But, Not having enough money for the trip, he decided to go to the motor park (the bus station) to beg for a free ride.

On talking to the bus driver, he was told that there were no free rides, but he could be given a job to earn money to pay for his trip. The job was for him to get passengers into the bus. The boy agreed and began calling passengers to fill the bus to ‘Enugu’. Once the bus was filled with passengers, he got paid.

In the meantime, he slept in the motor park. Soon enough, he was proficient at calling passengers and became the darling of the motor park. He earned quite a bit of money every day and was able to sustain himself. His popularity endeared him to many. He sometimes got to buy meals on credit, and on some occasions the meals were given to him for free.

Soon enough, he had enough money to travel to ‘Enugu’. However, with his income and the perks he was enjoying in the motor park, he was no longer interested in going to ‘Enugu’. He decided to settle down to the life in the motor park!

You see, in the first place, his reason for wanting to go to ‘Enugu’ was to find the ‘good life’; and now, the boy believed, he had achieved that, right there in the motor park. Unfortunately, he didn’t know a better life was awaiting him in ‘Enugu’. He ended up as a motor park tout: sleeping in the motor park, barely having enough to eke out a living, doing whatever he pleased, living an unruly and misguided life, and, being accountable to no one. What a life!

Friend, ‘Enugu’ in Igbo language of South East Nigeria, means, “on the hilltop”; and the bible says in Psalm 24:3, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?”. ‘Enugu’ in our story signifies the abode of God, that is, Heaven; and not the coal city in south-eastern Nigeria! The boy in the story represents you and I; and the motor park, represents the world and its system of operation.

Just as the boy started out wanting to go to ‘Enugu’ to obtain the good life, so should we seek for a good life in the ‘mountain of God’. The bible says in Psalm 16:11 (KJV), “In thy (God’s) presence is fullness of joy; and at thy (God’s) right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” However, when the boy experienced what seemed like the good life, because he had no understanding of what the ‘good life’ really was about, he got blind-sided, and distracted from the pursuit of an eternal purpose and vision.

Many people have a wrong notion of what ‘the good life’ really is. And since they are not so sure of what they are looking for, when they find anything that offers them a little more than their present state, they settle for it. You see, the boy in our story, like many of us, did not know what he was really looking for. All he wanted was something different and better than his present state.

Sadly, some start out seeking the good life, but end up with a very bad copy of what they are looking for. The good life is not having possessions, position, power, privileges, or prestige. No. The good life is living to please God. It is characterized by a correct sense of right and wrong; an inner state of calm in spite of the turbulence all around; and a gladness of heart that does not depend on what you own.

The world tells you that owning all that you desire will give you peace and joy. But there are people who own so much, and yet have little or no joy and peace. These people may look outwardly relaxed, but in actuality, there is turbulence and fear on the inside. They seek to project an image of what they are not to the outside world. They mask the appearance that all is well to prevent people from knowing what is really going on within them.

The world’s sense of right and wrong is that, power is right, and weakness is wrong. Those who ‘preach’ peace and equality foment wars, and practice and defend inequality. The rich want to get richer and keep their wealth; while giving pittance to the less-privileged, just to assuage their consciences.

Friend, there is an authentic good life, which is far beyond the context of this world system. That good life comes from God and is given unto those who truly seek Him. There are people who claim to seek God but have no desire to live righteously. For instance, a young woman who wants a husband but does not turn to God, sees nothing wrong with dressing seductively to attract the man she wants; neither does she think it is wrong to have sex with the man she wants, if it will make him marry her. She runs hard after the man of her dreams in her own way and ends up with a nightmare of a marriage. This young woman did not want to listen to the voice of God, but chose to settle for the ‘motor park’ life.

A young man who believes that poverty is a curse, devotes himself to the pursuit of ‘prosperity’. In his pursuit, he falsifies figures, forges academic certificates, and makes false claims in his Curriculum Vitae. He schemes to marry the daughter of a wealthy man for the sole purpose of being prosperous. He is on the lookout for churches advertising prosperity programmes. Such a young man can be said to have settled into the ‘motor park’ life (the world system) and has no vision of going to ‘Enugu’ (Heaven).

Also, there is the preacher who started well, calling many to Christ. And as he was diligently serving the Lord, he was being taken care of by God. However, he soon got distracted and drifted into the life of the world, enjoying the perks that the world offers, and has lost interest in reaching heaven, his original destination, without even knowing it!

Isn’t it interesting to observe the way many church leaders and their congregants alike are living? It makes one wonder if heaven is truly on their minds. One only needs to listen to the messages coming out of many of our churches, and you will see how much of the world is in the church. How many preach against sin? How many tell you to mend your ways? How many prepare you for the eventuality of death? How many tell you that life is more than having possessions? How many encourage you to pray to God on your own? How many discourage you from paying ‘prayer warriors’ to pray for you? How many tell you to hold on to God no matter what? How many tell you that the riches of God are not money and possessions? How many prepare you for heaven, or the fact that even now, as you are reading this piece, that you just may drop dead? I rest my case!

The motor park boy did not start out wanting to live as a motor park boy. He allowed the life of the motor park to blind-side him. He lost the vision of ‘Enugu’, and was distracted by the happenings in the motor park. He equated the perks he was receiving in the motor park with the kind of life he could have received in ‘Enugu’. He was sooooooo wrong!

Are you born again, but somehow heaven is becoming unreal? Have you abandoned the vision of heaven and prefer the life here on earth? Have you engaged yourself in the pursuit of earthly things? Do you equate earthly riches with eternal inheritance in heaven? Think again dear friend. The bible says that the earth will be destroyed by fire.

Your daily pursuit or preoccupation is a good indicator of where you will spend eternity: either with God on His ‘mountain’ or with the devil in the motor park of hell.

Is your pursuit growing your church or ministry? Is your pursuit the applause and honour of men? Is your pursuit making your ministry the greatest and most renowned in the world? Is your pursuit your career? Are you living for your children? Are you living for yourself? If your answer is “Yes” to any or all of these questions, then, you can see clearly where you have been preparing to spend eternity! The bible says (paraphrased), “Where a man’s treasure is, there his heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

The good news is that you can change your focus even this instant, if you would turn to God and begin to build a relationship with Him.

Think on this riddle: A man told everyone who cared to listen that he was going to retire in his village, but all his investments were in the city, and he never had a plan to build anything in the village. Where do you suppose that this man will retire: his village or the city?

Culled from “Journeys into Salvation: Finding your way in life” by The Voice of One; Published by Hebron Publishing on Kindle Digital Publishing (http://a.co/fCKE8bX)

Called to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and make disciples through the teaching of the word of God, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Married to Grace.

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