“Do not let your possessions possess you, instead use them carefully to support the poor and humanity”, he told them.
The Priest said God did not condemn possessions, riches and wealth, adding, “Possessions are not evil in themselves, but what Jesus is concerned about is the dangers they pose.”
He said “it is not how great or how mighty or how small we possess wealth, but our attitude towards our possession is what God is concerned about.”
Rev. Ababagre advised members of the congregation when he preached the sermon on Sunday, on the theme: “Don’t let your possessions possess you.”
He observed that the world was filled with greed, selfishness, dislike for neighbour, hate for humanity and envy, which Jesus warned against in Mathew 19:16-26.
According to him, the Gospel reading taken from Mathew 19:16-26 in which the rich man approached Jesus to know whether he could inherit the kingdom of God as a rich man, and the answer given by Jesus in that regard, was a clear indication of Christ’s debriefing of how man must live to inherit the Kingdom of God.
“Some people allow their possession to overwhelm them, some people work hard and are blessed by God, while others use crooked and diabolic ways to acquire wealth”
He mentioned ‘sakawa', internet fraud, mobile money fraud, embezzlements by office holders, kidnappings, among host of vice-filled activities, and said; “God has given some people very great intellect to use to help humanity but they use such gifts to live dubious lives”.
According to the Priest, the real thieves may not be those in imprisoned, but a number of them are roaming the streets and sitting in churches as Christians. “They use resources to perpetrate and incite people to go to war and create chaos, bring hardship to humanity, marry unnecessarily, and covert, which is contrary to God’s order for possession and life”.
He said these attitudes were those that Jesus was referring to in the book of Mathew and insisted that as Christians, it was just to be a neighbour’s keeper by loving and caring for them.
He Prayed to God to grant members of the congregation the heart to appreciate God’s words and abide by His orders to be chaste, loving as well as use their possessions for good intentions to grow humanity positively.