The Decade of the Reign of God
As required by the Constitution and Canons of the Church of Nigeria [Anglican Communion] 1997 [as Amended] Archbishop Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba was Presented as the 5th Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria on the 25th March 2020. By the leading of God, it was declared as “The Decade of God’s Reign” [Isaiah 52:7-10]. The world and our generation are turning against God, His Righteousness and Kingdom. Daily we are seeing world government policies are anti-Christ and against the Word of God. The modern Babylon and its ungodly harlotry are being promoted by the systems; homosexuality, immorality, violence and wickedness seem to be reigning. But contrary to the world’s agenda the Church has the Good News of salvation from sin and deliverance from the power of Satan and the world in Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ is God’s way of peace, reconciliation and victory.
As Paul said “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe, first for the Jews and then the Gentiles. In the Gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written ‘the righteous shall live by faith.” We proclaim Jesus Christ who is for us the righteousness of God and the very radiance of His glory and more so, in Him we proclaim the reign and presence of the Kingdom of God. In most cases we Christians live subsistent life and like the subsistent farmer we are satisfied by meet the needs of this present time and just be able to survive. More than survival, God’s Children and Church must live in fullness, the Kingdom life and have the Kingdom mindset to pursue, overtake and recover all the souls and resources that God has given us. Jesus demands that we occupy till He comes the Gates of our Families; the Church and Religious influence in the Nation; the City and Village/community; the Educational system; Politics and Governance; Business and Finances; and the Media and Entertainment.
The beggarly mentality must be done away with as we stand in faith and the Word of God to declare and pray that God our Father, will have His way, His will be done among us as it is in Heaven. Jesus promised us that greater things will be done by us in His Name and Authority. A situation wherein people act and behave as though the Church belongs to them is the height of blasphemy against God. The idols that occupy the place of God must be cast down and out; Jesus Christ must be Lord and Saviour of our lives, His Church and His World. Indiscipline and corruption must not become a way of life. All life must be sanctified unto God. This is the Decade of the Reign of God and raising the Citizens of God’s Kingdom through Intentional Discipleship is very vital to the work of the Church.