“Civilizations may come and go, empires may rise and fall, new beginnings emerge but the work of God is eternal.”
The Rev. Oluwaseun Owoeye, a Priest of All Saints Anglican Church, Wuse Abuja and the Chaplain of the Children’s Ministry in Abuja diocese, made this observation at the Children and Youth harvest held at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp Abuja. He added that it is only what we give to God that stands the test of time. Therefore, he observed that it is unfortunate that people today concentrate on building earthly empires while forgetting to build the lives in the kingdom of God. According to him, they struggle for position, wealth and relevance on earth and yet they remain unknown in God’s kingdom, adding that human beings brought nothing into the world and will take nothing out of it when they die.
The Cleric, who spoke on the topic, ‘They came willingly and gave to the Lord bountifully’, pointed out that people live the best of their lives when they give to the Lord. He opined that whatever one gives to God makes a difference in the person’s family, Church and community. Hence, he charged all to live in line with God’s principles by giving towards the advancement of the gospel. Rev. Owoeye enjoined Christians to stop struggling for things that will last for only a while and focus on things above adding that only heavenly things will last forever.
He explained that the kingdom of God is not about compulsion to give to the Lord or serve Him but rather it is an act of willingness from the individual. He said that what matters is not just what a Christian does or how it does it but doing what God has asked him or her to do in willingness of heart. The Guest Preacher called the congregation to note that the best give that they can give to God is their lives stating that when they do so every other thing will follow naturally. He emphasized that God does not depend on any individual’s money, but He expects His children to dedicate their lives to serving Him and willingly give to the growth of the Church.
Rev. Owoeye concluded that an offering given with an impure heart or filthy hands will not be acceptable to God. He stated that people must understand that everything they have is from God and therefore they will someday give account of their stewardship to Him, who will also reward every man according to His deeds.
Highpoints of the Service were the song renditions and Bible recitations by the children and a drama performed by the youths tagged, ‘The Church is dead” a drama that exposed the lapses in the different groups and societies in the Church and what can be done to rebuild the Church. The service was well attended by parents, youths and children of the Church.
By Ngozi Maduoma