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CONGRATULATIONS SIR! (Living in Abundance. Jn. 10:10b., Feb. 2012)

One Sunday morning, several years ago, a young brother and his dear wife were desperately searching for a church to attend for that day. They had just relocated to a new part of the town. They were not very familiar with the Christian denominations there. They didn’t exactly know which church to attend that day. They were in that situation partly because the church they used to attend, up till that moment was a one- man Pentecostal assembly that had no branch in that part of the city. They were also searching because they had somehow become tired of the in-fighting and internal politics and all other, not-too-pleasant, experiences they had had in the previous churche(s) they had attended. They were particularly looking for something refreshingly new.

As they got to a junction on the road, they saw two Signs. The Signs were obviously directing to two different Pentecostal churches. This couple stood at that spot for a while not knowing exactly what to do; which way to turn. Should they turn left and walk into this apparently beautiful church with good paintings and wonderful seats inside; with nice, exotic and aesthetic cars parked outside? Or should they turn right and walk into this other church, where the people were modestly dressed; obviously the church, from the outside appearance, had a rather modest and humble disposition towards nature, humanity, life and show of wealth. Going by what they could see from the outside; the number and type of cars that were parked; the dressing and countenance of the people seated inside this other church, to the right, it appeared that the church to the left had more resources and more material means. The church to the left appeared more attracting.

Suddenly an inner voice ministered to the brother and his dear wife to continue rather to the right and enter the other church that appeared quiet with very modest means and obviously with a much more humble membership. The real challenge started when the couple entered the church. The pastor was preaching and emphasizing what this brother and his beloved wife were not very used to hearing before that time. The brother and his wife were coming from a background where every minister, every pastor every other person would be talking exclusively about prosperity more than 90% of each sermon time. Every discussion was on how you could become practically rich overnight without much of in-depth understanding of what you may need to do, the life you would have to live as a Christian, as a precondition for assured divine prosperity. However this one time the message was entirely different. The preacher was now talking about holiness, he was talking about righteousness. The preacher was emphasizing on the fact that in Mat 6:33 the scripture particularly said that we should seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and every other thing, including wealth and material things, shall be added unto us. Wait a minute! That was different! The message was entirely different. The understanding was different. The impact was different. The environment was different. The couple knew immediately that somehow that was the unique message they had been searching for everywhere.

There was a basic problem though. The problem was how the brother and his dear wife would really adjust and  reconcile their so-called status in the society, their so-called level of ‘high education’ with the seemingly humble status of this church to the right. As they were leaving the church, in a hurry, at the end of the service that day the pastor of the local church ran after them, got their new address and the same evening the wife of the pastor went to visit them at home.

Subsequently, that same month, this family was invited, by the same pastor to attend the monthly Holy Ghost service of the church that holds at the church’s Redemption camp every first Friday of the new month. As they approached the camp ground, a preacher was giving a sermon on the public address system. His voice was clear; the message was awesome. The message contained answers to virtually all the questions this family had as at that time. That message, just like the one preached at the parish level, was hammering on holiness, righteousness, salvation. What struck this family the most was the style of presentation, the depth of the knowledge of the scripture and the forthrightness, honesty and genuineness of delivery. The preacher was not speaking to coerce you, he was not speaking to force you, he was not speaking to intimidate you (for he didn’t need to), he was not speaking to frighten you. No he wasn’t! From a distance the brother could feel agape love, compassion and affection in the gentle but firm voice of the preacher; He was only preaching the undiluted word of the Lord and the Holy Spirit was fulfilling and confirming with signs and wonders following (Mk. 16:20). In between his speech he would stop for a while and say: There is somebody here and my daddy says:” The thing was so seemingly effortless; signs and wonders unhindered. This was remarkably interesting because the brother and his dear wife were so used to acrobatic displays and somersaults; falls and ‘entertainments’ in apparent reference to ‘Signs and Wonders’. No! This one was uniquely different; it was smooth, easy and not complicated. It was the Holy Spirit unlimited.

To make matters more fascinating when the brother and his wife were told that the preacher(who is the General Overseer of the church) used to be a university lecturer, with a PhD in applied mathematics but had to abandon all of that to serve Jesus Christ with that level of humility? They now understood why the people at the parish they attended had that interesting modest disposition to show of wealth; that humble and gentle disposition and respect towards strangers, humanity and the Almighty God. It was later that the couple was told that virtually all the ministers and workers in the local church were college (university) graduates, with great careers and some of them were captains and leaders even in their secular jobs but who had decided to put themselves down, taking a very gentle and humble approach to everything, following the footsteps of their leader who is a genuine servant of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

That was how this family decided to stay put in the church right up to this day. That local church happened to be one of the ‘Classical’ parishes of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (worldwide) whose leader and General overseer is Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. The brother in this story is my humble self. The other person is my beloved wife.

I don’t really know what my life would have been if not for the encounter, I had described above. I don’t even know if I would still be alive till this day. That first message I had from the General overseer changed the course of my entire life and destiny. I never, ever planned or even intended to be as much as a worker on my first day of entering that local parish of the church.  As at the day we walked into the church, chances were that we would have gone to the other church on the left and I am not sure what would have become of our future today. However our God is not a God of chance but of purpose and design.

I listened to the GO’s message of hope; his message of salvation. I listened to Daddy G.O. (as we fondly call him) teach us at every encounter that the only one way to make it to Heaven is through Jesus Christ and by living a holy and righteous life. He taught us to be our brother’s keepers; he taught us to show mercy to others, he taught us, just like the scripture says that we should respect the fact that God loves the humble and despises the proud. Daddy GO emphasized to us that we are the light of the world, like a city set on a Hill that cannot be hid (Matt 5:14). I will not forget and I will make sure our children don’t forget. Daddy GO is such a humble man, that with all that God has done for him, even as the General overseer (of one of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing Pentecostal churches in the world today) and with a PhD (in Mathematics) if he would meet you for the very first time; Yes I mean you the reader of this article! He may address you first as ‘Sir/Ma’. I want to thank him specially for allowing himself to be used by God, to be an instrument/an agent of total salvation on to others, unto the world, unto people like me and my family.

Now, the General overseer is getting ‘younger’. This week (March 2nd) God will add one more year to his age. Our daddy in the Lord pastor Enoch, Adejare Adeboye shall be celebrating his 70th birthday anniversary. He will be reaching that milestone age which the scripture describes as three score years and ten (Ps. 90:10a). That is the minimum age for believers. It is not by any means the maximum. The scripture tells us that even a child shall be hopeful for 100 years and as adults ours shall be 120 years (Gen. 6:3, Isa 65:20). Daddy GO is just starting. I pray and believe that he will be alive in the next 50 years to be at least 120 years as said concerning us in the scripture in Jesus name.

He has been an example unto righteousness, holiness, empathy, diligence and obedience to the Almighty God. Daddy GO has been a father to the fatherless. He has taught us to lead by being positive examples to others.

On behalf of my family, the entire membership of RCCG: Throne of Grace Parish, Hagerstown MD, USA and Living in Abundance, I wish to congratulate our Daddy-in-the-Lord pastor Enoch A. Adeboye on his 70th birthday anniversary. Our prayer is that God will continue to preserve and keep him. God used him and the church to answer the questions that were going on in our lives at that strategic, rate-limiting, fate-determining point in time. That we heard his message at that time was not an accident; that we still hear from him even today is not an accident. Every word has been refreshingly different. We continue to pray that Almighty God will keep and prosper him and each time we hear from/about him it shall be great news in the mighty name of Jesus. Once again to our daddy we say “Congratulations Sir!”

You can also be part of the congratulations. You can go to the website (http://daddygois70.rccgna.org) opened for this purpose by RCCGNA and post your message(s).

Daddy GO has done his part; He is still doing his part. He gave his life to Christ and made himself available to God to be used as an agent of salvation unto many souls that ordinarily would have perished. What of you? What are you doing? You can also follow his footsteps today.

If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, please do so now for tomorrow may be too late.

God bless you.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

32 E. Washington St

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 08:24pm