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Bishop Oparajiaku urges Nigerians to use their talents for God, humanity

Nigerians, especially Christians have been urged to always strive to appropriate their god-given talents for the service of God and humanity.

The guest speaker at the four-day Symod of Diocese on the Niger, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Onitsha , Anambra State, Rt. Rev Dr.Chidi Oparajiaku who made the call during his sermon to commence the Synod advised the people against the use of the power of their talents to fight one another in order not to incur the wrath of God.

In the sermon during the opening church service held at St Christopher’s Anglican Church, Odakpu, Onitsha, the Rt Rev Dr Oparaojiaku, reminded Christians that whatever they had were given to them to serve God and humanity.

Expounding the theme of the Synod, “Christian Stewardship”, from which he drew the topic of his sermon, the Rt Rev Dr Oparajiaku, who is the Bishop of Ohaji/Egbema Diocese, Imo State stressed the need for genuine account of one’s stewardship blended with humility.

Dwelling on the parable of the talents, the bishop said that talents were given according to one’s capability, so that people should be contented with their own type of gifts.

He explained that what mattered was the extent to which one maximised one’s own talent, saying that people should not be dismayed or look down on their individual gifts based on size and number.

“Because the Master knows the abilities of His servants, He therefore accordingly allocates resources counting on their capacities”, Bishop Oparaojiaku emphasized.

He said that Christians should be disciplined and humbly do the bidings of their Master, Jesus Christ, expressing concern that lack of humility was now a serious matter in the Church of Christ.

While pleading that believers should always submit themselves for discipline and discipleship by superiors, the church father reminded the faithful that there was always a reward for obedience and humility, entreating christians to: “Always see others as better than you are”.

The bishop frowned at the way he said the Church was now mingling with the world, stressing that there ought to be a sharp difference between the secular and the sacred.

“The Church should separate herself from the world and thereafter positively influence it”, he said.

The 2024 Synod of the diocese is being hosted by the Onitsha Archdeaconry consisting of Christ Anglican Church, St Christopher’s Anglican Church, St Peter’s BCM and St Simeon’s Anglican Church all in Onitsha.

Among major features of the church service were the blessing of the Onitsha Community and renditions by the host Archdeaconry Choir.

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