If you grew up in Nigeria then the word ‘FFO’ should not be alien to you. It is almost synonymous to being called a glutton 😇 and worse. It tells the one who this term is labelled on as a food focused monger, selfish and probably lacking in future ambition (NFA). It is not funny to be called FFO as a child, it is almost worse than beating.
As an adult, the word FFO may have become obsolete but in reality many adults are FFO’s. Once upon a time, about 5000 people gathered in a place to see and hear this man who had been doing strange things around, It was not like anything they had seen before nor imagined in their mind .Out of curiosity and in awe of the magnificent things this man did and said, they followed him for they wanted to learn more from him.
As the sun begun to set, and the strength of the people began to wane, hunger set in, still they stayed to listen to the man. They did not expect food until they saw the strange man whose name is Jesus but who they all call rabbi raise bread and fish to the heavens. They began to anticipate and salivate.
Finally they ate!
Although the aim for their gathering till dark was not for food they couldn’t stop their minds from replaying the taste of the perfectly fried fish and freshly baked bread that was made from a miracle. It surely did leave an indelible taste on their taste bud. They whispered to themselves “Surely this is the Man prophet who is to come to this world”.
The next day the same crowd who had been fed the previous night noticed that the rabbi and his disciples were nowhere to be found. In their eagerness to find him, they jumped on empty boats and went all the way to a place called Capernum. One would assume that the multitudes were eager to learn more about the Rabbi and the lessons he gave.
When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
He answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.
Spot on! Jesus was able to spot the FFO’s ! He is not man who gets easily deceived by activities and empty words. He sees the intent of our heart, it is what matters to him and it is what he relates with.
Search yourself, AM I AN FFO? Yes you are if you do the following:
- If your prayers are selfish,self centered and lacking in love most times
- If you would use ‘Grace’ as an excuse not to keep your body and mind under subjection.
- If you go around gossiping and hating other people and at the same time you do all these church activities to boost your self-righteous ego ( Search your heart)
- If you worship him just for the fear of hell. You want heaven but you’d rather not have him there with you
- Man pleaser
- One leg in, One leg out -You don’t want to miss out on earthly and godly things, so you do a little of each. (God have mercy)
- If you have allowed pride dwell in your heart because you have begun to get spiritual revelations that you think others don’t have. In summary you are an FFO if you do not walk in Love!
N:B The love walk is not a walk in the park or something you learn to do by mere confessions😊. It requires discipline, submission and fellowship with the one who is love himself.
Bible study passages:
1 Corinthians 13: 1- If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a ringing gong or a clanging cymbal. 2. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Gal 5:14-15: For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15. But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.
John 6:1 to 27
Thanks for reading!
This post is dedicated to my buddy Itunu of Glowing Scenes