By Chukwudi Ikpe
Christians have been charged to be profitably and accountably productive, in order to receive good rewards from God.
An Anglican cleric, Rev. Canon Dr. Festus Opara, gave the charged in a homily at St. Peters Anglican Church, Ikenegbu, Owerri during a special family thanksgiving service.
He called on all people, especially rulers, civil servants, private entrepreneurs and students to be productive and render good accounts in their various endevours.
Canon Opara who spoke on the theme, “Christian Stewardship,” and took his text from Matthew 25:14-30, pointed out that Christian stewardship was more than money. He described Christian stewardship as an expression of gratitude and thankfulness for the blessings of life that comes from God, adding that a steward was an accountable manager.
The man of God emphasized that the idea of stewardship implies a responsible management of the resources God committed into our cares, stressing that we should render our time, resources, talent, treasures, gifts and even our presence to God who is the real owner of everything.
Narrating the biblical account of creation in the book of Genesis, Canon Opara, who is the Vicar of St. Peters Ikenegbu, noted that God created and employed man to control and have dominion over other creatures as a manger, with reward of eternal life.
He outlined four fundamental points in Christian stewardship which include ownership by God, management by man, accountability by man and reward by God.
The cleric who also traced the biblical story of the parable of the talent, warned Christians against rejecting responsibilities or duties in the church, stressing that God knows everyone and gives responsibilities according to one’s ability.
“Whatever you have, God gave it to you for a purpose, “he said.
He cautioned against grumbling, selfishness, laziness and idleness among Christian, pointing out that it was wrong to earn salaries or profits without working for it.
The Old Testament and epistle reading of the Eucharistic service from 1 Chronicles 29:1-9 and Acts 2:41-47 were read by Mr. Chimaobi Nwaogu and his wife, Mrs. Chioma Nwaogu respectively while the Vicar who celebrated the Holy common also read the gospel from Matthew 25:31-48.