Last week, the media reported on the case of a gang of youths, three of whom are now serving life sentences while others are serving various sentences for the murder of Yasin Abdirahman, an innocent 22 year old Pharmacy student killed because he was mistaken for whoever it is this gang was after. Amongst these youths is Carlos Cyrus who was 12 years old at the time he and members of their gang murdered Mr Abdirahman. A gang member at the age of 12! Shocking! At 12, this boy joins a gang intent on a life of crime and destruction and completely loses focus of the potential and possibility of a life and future that promises success and significance in whatever vocation, profession or career he chooses. But what could push a 12 year old to join a notorious gang like this? Although, I do not have the facts of his background, I think it is a pretty matter that needs addressing at every level. How can we be losing young children to gangs and groups that cannot help them, gangs that can only misguide and mislead them to the wrong tracks of life. Although, Carlos Cyrus, now 14, is serving a 7 year sentence and will still have a chance to rebuild his life, the truth is he has made a very terrible start and this could haunt him for the rest of his life. The question still remains to be answered though, what drove Carlos Cyrus to join this notorious gang at 12? Any ideas?
A word for your week ~ Matt 11:28-30
Beloved, our text this week says “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” This text is simply awesome because it is actually the words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ throwing an open invitation to all and sundry. Where are you in life? What has been your experience? Whatever it is, do not end up in the wrong company or gang. There are all kinds of groups, societies and clubs offering friendship, support and to be there for you when you need them. But the truth is, none of them can give you what you really need which is rest! But Jesus can! Carlos Cyrus joined a gang that have helped land him in prison, on the wrong track of life. I am sure this gang offered him something. Whatever it is they offered him, I am sure you’d agree that it has not done him any good. But Jesus on the other hand is promising you a relationship and friendship that will not be a burden on you, where you will learn from Him – the Author of life, and find rest for your soul. Boy, how we all need that rest. I have found that rest in Him and true to His word, His burden is light and His yoke is easy. The yoke of gangs like the one Carlos Cyrus joined is not easy, ask him, he’s in prison. Jesus’ yoke will actually free you from other yokes that the enemy want you in, only in Christ do we really find true freedom and rest. If you haven’t already, my prayer is that you will find that freedom and rest in Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord!!!
Beloved, as you begin a new week today and a new month later in the week, I prophesy that…
- The Lord shall order your steps with new graces and new mercies each day of the new week and the new month!
- The new month is the fifth month of the year, 5 is the number of grace. May you come into unprecedented graces this week and the rest of the new month!
- No other yoke shall be able to overthrow the yoke between you and the Lord!
- As you have found rest in the Lord, nothing shall by any means disturb or trouble you!
- You are blessed and highly favoured of the Lord!
Have a great week!