Way back in secondary school, I remember calling teachers using their nicknames. Each with a name that only students know. The names usually depicted their ways. They behaviors in general.
There is one particular day, our chemistry teacher asked us (my friend and I happened to be in the staff room) what his nickname is…
We politely replied that he does not have one, and that we normally address him by his name. Mr…
We were bursting in laughter upon quitting the staff room, for, we were this close to revealing that teacher’s nickname – Mr. Skeleton.
And we called him so because we thought he was that slim. May God forgive we the students. Alas! We were stupid.
Thinking of those moments reminds me of the current state. We all have nicknames. Some known and others not known to us, but those whom we live with.
I challenge you to ask your fellows, what nickname suits you best? Or maybe how are you saved in their phone-books? Some might end up being saved as “mbabaishaji”, “bwana bla bla”, “msumbufu”, and a lot more of the likes.
The Kingdom of God likewise is affected by our nicknames. If your behavior is that of a conman, definitely no one will come seeking for Godly advice from you, thus shunning away opportunities for new followers.
Peter, himself, despite numerous efforts of trying to blend in with the enemies, was easily identified that he was of Jesus’ side. (Luke 22: 54-60)
How easily are you identified for? (Bila kutumia nguvu kujitetea, unaitwaga nani?)
It is with utmost urgency, that I kindly remind you that the road to heaven is narrow; it is the way leading unto life, unlike the counterpart leading to hell – which happens to be broad and have a wide gate. (Matthew 7: 13-14)
Let them have a proper nickname for you based on your actions brethren.
I ask God to bless this day of yours, and let it be productive in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Elie Chansa, Staff Writer.