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Watchword for the Month

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully
administering God’s grace in its various forms”. – Text: 1 Peter 4:10


Bishop Temmers - May 2020

Dear friends, during the past two months and more, our minds and conversations have been pre-occupied with the onslaught and the deadly effects of the corona virus in the world and also our country. We have been subjected to several weeks of lockdown with its disastrous effects on millions of people causing numerous problems and much inconvenience. We are all praying and hoping for divine intervention for an end to this massive onslaught on the people of this world. Several international leaders and medical experts have emphasised the role of all individuals in the fight against the spreading of the virus.

In every society there is always the need for individuals to play a meaningful role for the benefit of others. Each one of us should explore how we can be of service to others in need.

Our text for the month of May 2020 lays emphasis on the calling of everyone to be of service to those around us. We are reminded that each one of us has been given a gift, a talent of some kind. With this gift we are obliged to serve others. Our text reads: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others”.

Your gift and my gift have been entrusted to us and to administer faithfully, so that God Almighty, the Giver of all gifts, should be glorified by it.

This God’s expectation of us, and, this is our privilege.

It is very gratifying to know that God allows you and me to be a blessing to others. You and I shall think positively about ourselves as managers of the various gifts of God. Take note, dear friends, the gifts are God’s gifts, and we are honoured to be administers of it, and someday, in the time to come, we will be called to give an account of our administration.

Our text is a special calling, a calling to share with whomever God connects us to, irrespective of who it is, family, friend or foe. God’s expectation is that you and I should share God’s grace of which we are recipients. We are not owners of God’s gifts. We are receivers called to share with others what God has entrusted us with.

Sharing God’s grace is a sign of our love, irrespective of whom we share with. We serve God , also through our neighbour with whom we share. Our attitude towards our neighbour, our dealings with those around us will reveal the measure of love we have for God.

Our text is a call to commitment and to true disciples of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is a calling to share gladly without expecting anything in return.

Finally, our text elevates us to become givers and sharers of God’s infinite mercy to the many suffering people in society who have become desperate in their needs.

Loving God, Creator and Sustainer of human kind.

Thank you for your infinite love and never-ending grace which we experience everyday in various ways. Teach us the way of sharing with your children, especially those who are needy and waiting for some relief in life. Fill us with love and compassion today, and help us to understand the true meaning of sharing with others. We pray this humbly, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord,

By: Temmers (Bishop)