Christians have been reminded that unmeasured giving attracts unmeasured blessings to the giver.
Positing this during his homily at the last mid-week service at St. Mark’s Chapel, Bishop’s Bourne, Owerri, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev, Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D explained that any giving to God must first begin with the giving of oneseif to Him, and must come from the heart and under the inspiration of God.
According to the Diocesan, the measure of one’s giving is not how much one has given but in comparison with what is left behind after the giving, as in the case of the biblical “widow’s mite” which was all that the woman had at the time.
Bishop Okorocha who stressed the importance of having the Grace of God in giving and doing so from the heart, described giving based on ten percent of one’s earning (i.e tithe) as having to do with the law and the old testament, and said it cannot be equated with Jesus Christ that gave His life totally for the salvation of mankind.
He condemned a situation where some people often recall the number of times they have given towards God’s work and, perhaps others have not given, and counseled that there is no end to giving, as long as one is alive, as God’s blessings and mercies, he added, never cease coming to His faithful. “Your righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees, that is based on the law; it must go beyond that,” he added.
While observing that, one’s giving can either be in the form of monetary and material donations, service, energy or time, he used the occasion to commend Sir Baldwin Onozie, the Diocesan Co-ordinator of the Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACFF) Diocese of Owerri, and his team, for a successful organization of the just-concluded 1st All Anglican Men’s Conference (AAMC) held at Christ Anglican Church, Owerri. He also thanked God for the excellent teaching by the Chaplain of the University of Benin Chapel Benin City, Venerable Solomon Maku who, he said, handled the Bible Study/Expositions, during the four-day conference and also preached at the thanksgiving service, to mark the end of the conference.
Highlights of the service include the cutting of the special birthday cake in honour of the Bishop and the dedication of two vehicles, a car belonging to Rev. Emmanuel Okoroafor, Curate at St. Michael and All Angels Church, New Owerri and a bus owned by the Women’s Ministries, St. Michael’s Church, Obinze.