Time to Work Time to Relax

I am down in KK for the Labour Day weekend. I look forward to worshipping at my homechurch in Likas tomorrow. After 5 days of non-stop activities at College it is time to relax and reflect on what is meant to be a labourer in the Lord's vineyard. There is time to work and there is a time to relax. Yesterday I preached the sermon for Chapel replacing a student who called in sick. I woke up at 4am to prepare for it. Even a short message of 20 mins it is absolutely necessary to prepare well when one speaks as the oracles of God.
As Acting head, I reminded the College community on several things. First, I talked about what it is to live as a community, being a fully residential College with all lecturers and their families, students and their families and single students living side by side. I stressed the need to love for one another and treat one another as family members, genuinely and without hypocrisy and falsehood. I shared how often times people remember us for our deeds of kindness rather than our beautifully crafted sermons. I also issued several mild rebukes to several people and groups. As we are entering our exams week I chided one group for not returning to Campus on time when they went out for sports in a nearby village. They missed dinner and they were late for Thursday home groups. I expounded on the verse from 1 Tim 4,7 bodily exercise is of little benefit but godliness or saintliness holds good for now and forever. I told them to spend more time on prayers. I went to the pre-dawn meeting in the Men's hostel at 5.08am and it was over then in 8 minutes. I told them to pray for one another and all the efforts of getting up so early are wasted if we only do that perfunctorily and without aim and purpose.

I told them no one is entitled to be called pastor if they have not read their Bibles in their entirety. I cited an example when no one knew which prophet was called the son of man when I asked in class once. Repeated 93 times over for the prophet Ezekiel. I chastised them for being too casual in things spiritual. Let's not seek titles, honours and positions but use whatever knowledge of Scripture to bless the body of Christ.  I closed my sermon by sharing about John Calvin's Geneva Academy to train future pastors. Calvin was in his late 40s and had less than 6 or 7 years before the Lord called him home. He engaged for his academy the top brains in Europe, three Professors, Professors of Latin, Greek and Hebrew. Latin yesteryear is English today. I pushed them to learn English and take Greek seriously. I ended by telling them to look at the notice board for the format of the Greek exams. Kurie elison! 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Recent Research on Revelation

Leadership is not Everything but is Vital

Blessed Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles)