LIV­ING HIS PUR­POSE

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­erjm.com

NICHOLAS ROBERT­SON has been down death’s road and back. But now he says be­ing a Chris­tian gives him hope for eter­nal life as the God he serves took him from a life of sin into the king­dom to ful­fill his pur­pose.

At the age of 15, a po­lice of­fi­cer told him if he lived to see 18 years old it would be a mir­a­cle. “Well it is a mir­a­cle. I am 28 years old,” he said.

Nicholas re­called that at one point in his life, he wanted noth­ing to do with church.

“It started in 1998 when I ques­tioned my Sun­day school teacher about God’s ex­is­tence and where He came from. Rather than pro­vid­ing me with an an­swer, she re­buked me and dared me never to ques­tion God. I left church that day swear­ing I will never go to church again and nei­ther will I ever be­lieve in God.

“I was known to be rude and dis­re­spect­ful and I was as­pir­ing to be like the thugs in the street. Years later, I was brought back to God when a good friend of mine sur­ren­dered his life to God. Know­ing his life­style, I was de­ter­mined to ex­pe­ri­ence what­ever changed his life, so I fol­lowed him to church and hav­ing lis­tened to the word of God, I de­cided also to sur­ren­der my life to God,” he told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion.

Af­ter get­ting saved, Nicholas had chal­lenges he had to deal with if he were to con­tinue in Chris­ten­dom: he was very ag­gres­sive and loved to fight.

GOT SAVED

The fol­low­ing Sun­day af­ter he got saved, he de­cided not to at­tend church and went to play cricket nearby, and he got into a fight.

“The guy started to pick on me. Tem­per got the bet­ter of me and we got into a fight and he tried to stab me with a pair of scis­sors. I man­aged to grab the scis­sors and I could hear the devil say­ing ‘Stab him’ but there was this still voice say­ing ‘Don’t do it’. I threw away the scis­sors and started walk­ing home.”

He told Fam­ily and Re­li­gion that the next thing he re­mem­bered was wak­ing up cov­ered in blood. “The guy walked up be­hind me and hit me with a stone. I was taken to the hos­pi­tal, where I vividly re­mem­ber the doctor telling my mother that I was go­ing to die. The same day, my pas­tor came to visit me at the hos­pi­tal. Ly­ing there in the bed un­able to move or feel my hands or feet, I wanted to die.”

EN­COUNTER WITH GOD

Nicholas said the pas­tor asked him three times if he be­lieved God could heal him.

“I an­swered ‘yes’ the first time just be­cause he was my pas­tor. How­ever, when he asked the sec­ond time, I was a lit­tle an­noyed and won­dered why was he both­er­ing me. Then he asked a third time, and I lit­er­ally heard God say­ing, ‘Why are you ly­ing here if you are healed?’ I lifted up my hands in­de­pen­dently for the first time and just started to re­move ev­ery­thing that was at­tached to my body. I was so sure about the en­counter that I said, ‘God, if I die I die, but I felt life for the first time in my feet. My body felt re­newed. I ran out of the ward re­joic­ing be­cause I knew I had an en­counter with God. I was dis­charged from the hos­pi­tal the next day.”

Robert­son is cur­rently a mem­ber of the Port Maria United Church in Ja­maica and The Cay­man Is­lands but vis­its var­i­ous con­gre­ga­tions as he seeks to ful­fil his call to King­dom min­istry. He is also a mem­ber of the War­riors for Christ Min­istry.

“I am en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to serve God. I am liv­ing my pur­pose suc­cess­fully as a young Chris­tian. You can serve God in what­ever ca­pac­ity you find your­self. I ama mem­ber of the Ja­maica De­fence Force Third Bat­tal­ion Ja­maica Reg­i­ment and also a teacher at the St Hugh’s High School for Girls. The de­mands from both or­gan­i­sa­tions are great, but I am guided by Philip­pi­ans 4:13: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strength­ens me’.”

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