The Primate of All Nigeria Anglican Communion, The Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh has termed it childish to think that the Almighty God who owns all things is in need of people’s money and material possessions. He made this statement during the Service of Thanksgiving for a successful Carnival and the twenty three years anniversary of the Diocese of Abuja, held at the mother church, the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp Abuja. In his message, the Primate condemned the unseemly behavior of individuals who think that they can increase God, with what they give or do; and therefore expect others to worship and adore them for their gifts to the church. He said, “If you define God with what you can give Him or do for Him, that is not yet the Almighty God, that is a God of your own imagination.” He buttressed this point by adding that the earth is the Lord’s and its fullness thereof and as such, the little we have comes from this abundance. Archbishop Okoh stated emphatically that though it is great to give offerings, tithes and other material things to God, in appreciation of His many blessings; God expects people to give themselves first and then other things will naturally follow. He further stated that thanksgiving is a grateful heart which issues out a grateful service. Quoting profusely from the Scriptures, he corrected the misconception that thanksgiving to God is all about the payment of tithes and offerings. He said that there is need to put these things in proper perspective, so that people can behave well in their service to God and His church. The Primate acknowledged that there are times that people forget to give thanks because of the pressures of work, which make them constantly pray to God for personal needs. And invariably, they forget that the easiest way to pray is to thank God, who in turn always rewards a grateful heart.He implored the congregation, to thank God for these past twenty three years in the Diocese, for those who have labored and those still laboring in God’s vineyard. He also, urged them to give thanks for the wonderful privilege of being co-workers with God and for the forgiveness of sins. Archbishop Okoh concluded his message, when he called on the people to note that aside from the gifts they have brought, it is more important to God that they offer their lives for rededication to the ministry of the church in this city and beyond; more so at a time when the church is facing so many tribulations. He added that the church of God has now been committed to their hands, and therefore they must pass it on faithfully and diligently.
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