By Chukwudi Ikpe
Igbos have been advised to eschew selfishness if they are to forge ahead as one people.
An Anglican cleric, Ven. Ogechi Ofurum, gave the admonition while preaching a sermon at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Aladinma , Owerri, during a special service for the presentation of their 2018 harvest brochure last Sunday.
He condemned a situation where the rich is getting richer and the poor, poorer, stressing that ‘God has blessed us so that we will be a blessing to others’.
The man of God also condemned killing of fellow human beings and destroying of lives and property to acquire riches and called on Igbos to have a change of heart.
He urged the present generation of Igbos to emulate men of the old generation, who according to him, were-simple minded, accommodating and better in heart.
“It is very unfortunate. One person will own many buildings while his brothers are wallowing in abject poverty. Where is our conscience. We need to change if we must progress as one people,” the cleric said.
Preaching on the topic, “lay unto yourself treasures in heaven,” Ven. Ofurum who is the Archdeacon of Aladinma Archdeaconry warned Christians not to trust in the uncertainty of riches but in the living God who gives all blessings.
According to him, riches are uncertain and can cease at any time.
He stated that laying treasure in heaven is a priority for every Christian, adding that it is obedience to the will of God.
Ven. Ofurum, who is also the vicar of St. Andrew’s Aladinma urged Christians to do good with whatever God has given them and to do things to give glory to God.
“Whatever you do in any capacity, God wants you to lay treasure in heaven for eternal life,” he said.
He warmed Christians not to be deceived by beauty, pride and arrogance and to avoid treasures that will lead them to hell.
The service was conducted by Mr Uche Onwusukwu while the first lesson from Genesis 8:16-22 and the second lesson from Mathew 6:18-34 were read by Sir Chinweuba Amaechi and Hon. Justice Nnanna Otti.
The highpoint of the service was the dedication, unveiling and launching of the 2018 harvest bronchure.
The chairman of the 2018 Harvest Committee, Dr. Max Azugama, expressed happiness over the success of the event.
Present at the service were Rt. Rev. and Mrs Bright Ogu, former Bishop of Mbaise, Ven. Engr. and Mrs Obioma Okere, among others.