Amawbia (Awka South LGA)-Rev. Fr. Patrick Okafor, Government House Chaplain says God that looks beyond human appearance as appearance can be deceitful.
“God goes beyond what people can conceptualise ordinarily. He also calls on all to be His followers,’’ Fr. Okafor said this during homily to mark his birthday with other March celebrators.
The cleric noted that some people had lost sense of direction and their jobs because they wanted to lead their bosses.
He said that whoever invited you to a job, would know what he wanted out of you: “you can only suggest to him in a subtle way and not to tell him that you know better than him, even when he makes mistakes’’.
Fr. Okafor emphasised that as servants, we must learn to take corrections.
He expressed worry about some aspiring for positions as they usually go the extra mile to induce with people with gifts to vote for them, even in church leadership positions, noting that antecedents of aspirants should speak volume for them.
The cleric urged Christians to go beyond what they were in order to appreciate God, while striving to become the best.
“Your life may be so insignificant but God can remember and elevate you. He alone makes kings.’’
He decried the spate at which Christians tried to belong socially, denying the grace of God, granted to them to proclaim Christ in all situations and walking in the light of baptism.
“God enlightens everyone who comes into this world, praying Him to illuminate their hearts with the splendour of His grace that they may always ponder what is pleasing and worthy to his majesty and love him with all sincerity.’’
The chaplain said that Anambra State Government in a bid to contain Corona Virus had ordered the shutting down of schools, banning of public gathering of up to 30 persons with effect from March 23.
Government had also discouraged all forms of physical contacts such as handshaking and hugging, emphasising that a distance of six feet should be maintained in between persons.
The chaplain while saying that the action was in recognition of the state government’s primary role in protecting lives of Ndi Anambra, enjoined all to live healthy lifestyle even as he enjoined parents to provide hand sanitisers for family use.
One of the March celebrators, a nonagenarian, Mr Bernard Ojiyi said that God was his strength and he had always been faithful to him.
Mr Ojiyi said that God showed mercy to those He wanted to show mercy to, explaining that his life was that of testimonies of God’s faithfulness.
Mr Hyacinth Ilikannu while toasting for the celebrators, prayed God to grant them health of minds and body, enriching their pockets so as to help each other in line with the glory of God.
Source: Anambra State Government