Politicians and other people from all walks of life have been challenged to seek God’s face, to deliver them from the abomination of desolation as well as lack of love for one another, so that God’s kingdom may come in their homes and make them worthy of honour in all areas of life.
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D who gave this challenge in his sermon at the general harvest thanksgiving service held at the Catheral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri last Sunday, stressed the need for people to put their trust in God and not to allow satan to use them as instruments of injustice, bitterness, and rancour.
Preaching on the theme: “How Can Giving Become A Means of Transformation For Me?”, and taking his text for 2nd Corinthians 9:5-7, Bishop Okorocha noted that the measure of one’s giving is not how much one has given but what is left out of what one has, all put together, and stressed that God’s blessings and favours are determined by the quality of one’s giving to Him at any given time.
Bishop Okorocha who stressed the importance of generous and graceful giving, warned all people of God not to give to show off, or to fulfill tradition, and or for the purpose of competition, but to do so to please God who, he said, has first giyen to us, adding that it is a means of transformation when one’s giving to God becomes a harvest of righteousness.
He deposed that there is a way to give that would help to transform people’s life, even when you are not a preacher.
The Prelate counseld that people should rather ask God to give them the spirit of admiration and love, rather than an exhibition of bitterness with one another, adding that when.your heart is longing for a harvest of righteousness, you would not only learn to be straight-forward, gentle and sincere before God, but also receive the grace of generosity and sacrifice to God without counting costs.
As he further advised: “If Jesus Christ gave His ail to us, no sacrifice shall be too much for us to make to God”.
The service attracted the presence of many dignatories, including the Representative of Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, and Vice President of Pan African Parliament, Hon. Bethel Amadi KSC, who read the first lesson from Exodus IS, while the second lesson was taken by Lady Nancy Emerole from Luke I: 68-79. Earlier at the 7.00am church service, the two lessons had been taken by Imo Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, and Sir Barr Richard Nzeribe, respectively, while the Cathedral Administrator, Venerable (Dr.) A.C. Chukwuocha conducted the service.