Christians have been advised to refrain from giving excuses while performing duties for the sake of God and humanity.
This advice was given by the Vicar incharge of Christ Anglican Church Umuahu Mbieri, Rev. Timothy Igbokwe, while delivering a sermon recently in the church as members celebrated “Christ Church Day”.
Rev. Igbokwe maintained that Jesus Christ was not willing to partner with people that have one excuse or the other to give when they are called to follow Him.
Recalling that Jesus selected His Apostles from those who had no business with looking back to the world, he noted that failure is seen in the midst of people who give excuses. He reminded Christians that “no one who puts his hands on the plough has time to look back”.
The preacher observed that Christianity is a universal religion without discrimination, and urged those who profess Christ to drop weapons of war against each other as Christ is the Prince of Peace. He frowned at people who celebrate Christmas outside Christ, arguing that the reign of Jesus Christ is an endless significance of peace and love.
He then advised Igbos in the diaspora to take issues of their home churches seriously and invest at home.
The occasion featured carol of nine lessons by the church choir conducted by Mr. Gid Ahanonu, Mr. Sydney Okoronkwo and Canon Bon Nwanyanwu.
The lessons were read by Dr. Murphy Opara; Sir Charles Okoro, Mr. O.J. Iwueke, Hon. Jerry Okoro and Mr Jessy Ohams. Others are Hon. Ugonna Achuko, Mrs. Onyinyechi Igbokwe and Mr. Ikechukwu Okoronkwo.
Highlight of the ceremony was the cutting of Christ Church Day cake by the Vicar, Rev. Tim Igbokwe, and wife Onyinyechi with other dignitaries. A philanthropist in the area, Chief Jerry Aham-Rowlands also announced a donation of a set of choir robes to the church while some worshippers donated some funds for the up-keep of the church.