Thoughts of the Minister

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I imagine everyone is worried about the current global economic, political and environmental situation. We are particularly concerned about the rising cost of living, food insecurity, loans becoming harder to get, news of wars, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions and the worry as to whether to stay in or out of Europe. One must be asking at this point in time, what on earth is happening in the world? Are we in or heading towards the last days? There are continuous wars in various part of world, ongoing news of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and storms leading to flooding.

All of these are pointers that remind us about the teachings in the Scripture, and the cautions and commands we are given in Matthew 24: 3 -14
These happenings can also be true of our spiritual lives when issues and challenges crop up. We should stop and think seriously about our commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and our services for Him. Unfortunately people tend to live their lives as if there is no tomorrow. They fail to build up their spiritual lives, preferring instead to trust in luck and hope that nothing bad will happen. As most of us know, bad things happen to everyone at one time or another. It is during those cloudy, difficult times that we need to rely upon the resources we have built up in our faith in God – because when you are in the dark you cannot see the way out unless you take a light with you.

The light we take at this gloomy time is the light of our Lord Jesus Christ. As John puts it, “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and darkness comprehended it not”. St John 1:4-5. The light of Jesus Christ will guide us and lead us whatever situation we are in.

We celebrated Jesus at Easter, ‘the coming light’ at the Advent season. It is my prayer that we continue to think seriously about our calling to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations in the light of the current happenings in the world. Remember, Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” This Gospel can be taken to every nation through our day-to-day walk with God, prayers, exemplary Christian life and the practical embodiment of the Gospel for the world to see Jesus.

As we see natural disasters destroy all that we hold dear in this materialistic world, we are reminded that we may have placed our faith in the things of this world – be it money, jobs, government and other things. When we look to the scriptures we are reminded that these things are fleeting and temporary Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Therefore we are urged to place our trust and faith in that which is eternal – God and His word.

Maybe this time, when we seek his Grace, God will help us all to look to the spiritual rather than the materialistic in order to be blessed with fulfillment. Life in all its abundance is after all what Jesus’s coming was all about. “Behold the dark clouds, the sun of God’s glory is always shining” Jesus said in John 10:10 “… I am came that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly”.

I wish you that wonderful, meaningful and God centred life today and beyond.

Rev Dr Ebute Obiabo
Rev Dr Ebute Obiabo
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