Theme: PREPARE FOR HIS COMING

Text: 1 Corinthians 4:2.

“Moreover it is required in stewards that a man is found faithful”.

This week theme is a corollary to last week’s theme. It points to what is required of us as we await the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It also points to one of the important ingredients in our preparedness for His coming which is faithfulness in everything.

St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians points this out as he shows the Church which became divided as a result of some groups supporting Apollo’s while others support him. To him God does not Judge his servants and those entrusted with the mystery of God by their eloquence (2 Cor.  10:1) sophistication, (Acts 18:24-25), and accuracy to convey the word of God but by their faithfulness: faithfulness to Christ, to the preaching of the Gospel and worship.

In our Gospel passage for today, John 1:19-28, we see John Baptist being faithful to the mission committed unto his hands. He was sent to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.He declared when he was asked about his identity thus: “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, make straight the way for the Lord”, (John 1:23; Matthew 3:1). Despite that his ministry was flourishing John did not point attention to himself or declare himself as the expected Messiah but pointed people’s attention to Jesus as the Messiah.

Faithfulness is what is required of us as we awaits Christ’s second coming. Jesus explained this to us in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 where he explained to us that faithfulness to the responsibilities he gave us as we awaits his return will determine our reigning with Him in His eternal kingdom when he comes back. He had this to say of the two servants who did what was expected of them: “well done good and faithful servant, thou has been faithful over a few thing, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” Matt. 25:21 and 23.

Beloved, as we awaits the coming of our Lord, Let us prepare for His coming by being faithful. Let us be faithful in our attendance of Church services, our reading of the Scripture, our Prayers, our usage of the resources he blessed us with, our relationship with others, our marriage, business and most especially God’s business which is preaching of the Gospel. God is not going to Judge us by our education, position in the church, eloquence, beauty and wealth. He will Judge us by our faithfulness. Therefore, let us prepare for His coming by being faithful in every aspect of our lives.

 

Very Revd Adewale Adebiyi

The Provost

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