Lu­cas Musiq’s bet with God

Jamaica Gleaner - - FAMILY & RELIGION - Shanique Sa­muels Gleaner Writer fam­ilyan­dreli­gion@glean­

I WAS raised in a Chris­tian home and I knew the ‘God way’ was the right way,” said Shac­quille Wedderburn, a 22-year-old gospel artiste known to many as Lu­cas Musiq. Many of the coun­try’s youth share a back­ground sim­i­lar to as Lu­cas’.

They were made to at­tend Sun­day or Sab­bath school re­li­giously and en­cour­aged to get bap­tised as early as 12 years old, the age that Je­sus is be­lieved to have.

But like Lu­cas, many were oth­er­wise per­suaded and faced the fear of what oth­ers might think of them if they didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the fri­vol­i­ties of the world.

“Though my par­ents sup­ported my mu­sic, they’ve al­ways wanted me to do gospel, but I didn’t want to, and I al­ways told my­self I wouldn’t be­cause per­sons would laugh at me or I would lose my friends and the peo­ple who sup­ported my mu­sic,” he shared.

Lu­cas told Fam­ily & Re­li­gion that though peo­ple of God had proph­e­sied the same mes­sage over his life, he ig­nored them be­cause he was en­joy­ing the pop­u­lar­ity and in­come he was mak­ing as a sec­u­lar artiste.

But then they wouldn’t be proph­e­sies if they didn’t come true, would they?

“The change be­gan in 2015. I was told by yet an­other prophet that by 2016, I would not be the same per­son I used to be, and there is a fire in me for the youths, a dif­fer­ent min­istry but that I wouldn’t re­ceive it un­til I got in line.

“While at a church ser­vice, a few men of God prayed and laid hands on me be­cause that night I was very an­gry. I had been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing urges to change my life fully, but an­other side of me told me I should con­tinue do­ing the things of the world,” Lu­cas re­counted.

He ex­plained that af­ter that night, he made a bet with Je­sus.

“(That) If I’m to be a true Chris­tian, then let some­thing hap­pen to pre­vent me from per­form­ing at the three shows I had lined up for that week. And to tell you the truth, I didn’t at­tend any of those shows be­cause I was taken off two and the other was post­poned.

“I couldn’t sleep af­ter the week ended, and I was re­minded of the bet. Then I had a dream that the world was end­ing and peo­ple were run­ning around scream­ing. I shouted out in the dream, beg­ging God, telling Him I don’t want to be left be­hind un­til a bright light came down and was wrapped around and lifted me up. I woke up cry­ing. My blood was run­ning cold and I couldn’t move.

“I told my pas­tor, Court­ney Mor­ri­son, who told me that some­one had the same dream.

“I started read­ing the Bi­ble and took it se­ri­ously un­til the worldly mu­sic and life­style were noth­ing to me again,” he said.

The now-ris­ing gospel sen­sa­tion, who got bap­tised in July, says his life has got much bet­ter.

Lu­cas Musiq is set to launch his de­but al­bum to­day (Satur­day) un­der the ti­tle Not From Here. “Peo­ple are be­ing in­spired by the step I took with my pu­rity. Each min­is­ter has a dif­fer­ent as­sign­ment to carry out, and mine is to reach the youths of this gen­er­a­tion, so many of whom are lost,” he said.

Lu­cas Musiq is set to launch his de­but al­bum to­day un­der the ti­tle ‘Not From Here’.

Lu­cas Musiq

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