Looking ahead in his life, all that Joseph Chirau of Zimbabwe could see was a
dry, meaningless and unfulfilled existence. When he examined his life’s
foundation, he discovered it was not the right one.
“My life was empty,” says Joseph. “I was single at the time
and although I had the opportunity to go to church with my parents, it was
just a routine thing to do.”
Although church taught Joseph a lot about God, he did not actually have a
relationship with Him.
“As I grew up, I was still experiencing general emptiness in my
life,” he recalls. “I had the privilege to be educated and attain
general certificates, but I could not find a good job.
“Things were just not clicking in my life. I began to do a self
examination of my life and what my destiny was going to be.”
Soon Joseph discovered his life was not on the right foundation.
“My relationship with God was based on
other people. If my parents or my friends were a bit weary in praising God I
became weary too because I was leaning on them, not on God.”
As this situation dawned on him, Joseph realised that He needed to know God
personally. From his church attendance Joseph knew that the only way to have a
relationship with God is by trusting in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. In the
Bible, John chapter 14, verse 6, & 7, Jesus says, “I am the way, the
truth, and the life! Without Me, no one can go to the Father.”
Joseph continues; “I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal
Saviour (who died on a cross for my sins) and my life was totally changed.
From that time onwards I became serious in my relationship with Jesus
“I went to a revival crusade, where God spoke to me in several ways.
That was a turning point in my life that brought me to be baptised in 1997 as
a public declaration of my commitment to believing in Jesus. From that time
onwards the purity and wonder of God drew me to keep in relationship with
“In 2000 I was married and God has blessed my wife and me with two
children. Our marriage is built on the unshakable foundation of the Lord Jesus
Christ. My life has totally changed and, although I lost my earlier friends
who do not believe as I do, I have gained many friends within the Christian
“The life of a Christian is not an easy one. There were many difficult
circumstances that happened in my life, such as a lack of finances to support
my family, which almost made me give up hope, but by faith I kept praying for
God has answered his prayers through all those circumstances.
“My Lord has helped me through
life’s many challenges, and has also encouraged me through an annual
Christian conference called R.E.A.P. (Revival, Evangelism and Prayer) which is
part of the work of an organisation called Multi Ministries.
“My life will never be the same again,” Joseph concludes.