Head Pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Yahweh Temple, Rev. Ismaila Hans Awudu has admonished Christians to emulate the life of Jesus Christ and lay aside envy and malice.
Preaching on the theme: ‘Jesus, the game-changer’ on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Yahweh Temple, Rev. Awudu said regardless of where a Christian finds him/herself, they need to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ so others could also follow in same manner.
His message was derived from 1Peter 2:1 which states, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”
“These are the things that make it difficult for us to be the game-changers,” adding, “Malice causes pain, distress.”
“What is deceit? not being truthful. Bible says that envy is like witchcraft,” Rev Awudu observed as he preached against lies, explaining that when one cannot honour a promise, he or she should not make it, adding that as Christians, one must not be the source of other peoples’ pain through bad deeds.
Talking about envy, Rev. Awudu said…”The person has not done you anything, the case does not concern you…but you are beaming with venom because somebody is wearing a shoe or is dressed nicely. You even go to the extent of looking for juju men (black magic) to kill the person because in that office the person is being promoted, and yet you are a Christian…”
He continued, “you eat communion, you lift up your hands and you speak in tongues but you are envious. And your envy can go to the extent of scheming to kill and to destroy and yet you say you are a child of God. You are [rather] a child of satan. You don’t know where you belong to.”
Although he acknowledged that the world is full of envy, Christians, nonetheless, must do away with it in a bid to be game-changers in their communities. He also stated anywhere Christians enter, they should be able to be game-changers by altering the way things are done, according to Christ.
Quoting from St. Matthew Chapter 5:14 which says “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden,” Rev Awudu encouraged Christian professionals to live a Christlike life.
Buttressing his point with St. Matthew 5:16, he said “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
“If anybody should look round to look for Christ, he should see Christ in our lives,” he added.