It’s another Sunday Column! Another opportunity to share my Sunday dose of Fashion, Style, Culture and a bit of my Christian faith. This week I worshipped once again with my parents at our family’s Anglican Church. One of the highlights of my week, is getting to spend quality time with my parents on Sundays.
My Sunday Style:
I woke up quite exhausted this morning. I was really lucky I had picked out what to wear beforehand; a Sleeveless dress by Gozel Green from the store. I absolutely love the colours and simple elegance of the Dress.Matched with gold accessories and a flower headpiece to compliment the vibrant solids, I was ready to tackle today’s service.
My moms outfit mirrors the Igbo women’s traditional outfit! I loved her Sunday Style.
The theme for today’s sermon was Advent Hope. Advent, means coming or arrival. It is a season leading up to the memorial of the birth of Christ. The Vicar however concentrated on the second coming of Christ which is also a part of the Advent. The Advent is much more than just celebrating the birth of Christ, it is also about focusing on the imminent second coming of Christ and making sure that when the time is here, we are all ready to go with him.
It was quite a powerful message but one I got really easily possibly because I had pondered on the topic quite a bit. Here’s a brief rundown on what I took back from the sermon.
“We are all in this big world created by the Lord. Christ came to the world and died for our sins. He has risen and shall be coming back to take the righteous back with him to live in eternity. Eternity is all we should be striving for. How do we achieve this? By accepting Jesus as our personal saviour and living a righteous life.
The Vicar also emphasised on the urgency of making ourselves right before the Lord. All the events and calamities going on in the world point at the imminent coming of Christ. We are at the end times; and all this has been predicted in the Holy Bible: False prophets, Killings and all sorts of iniquities. There is so much more to come.The world and all it’s pleasures, materialism and human pursuits shall pale in complete insignificance when the Messiah comes to take his own.When he shall come, only the Lord knows and woe unto us to be caught not ready.
Not ready? You may ask what it means to be unprepared for Christ’s coming. Caught full of sin, caught in immoral acts, caught being unkind to our neighbours, caught embezzling funds, caught bribing officials, caught cheating, caught not in a state of grace and so on. Sin takes us away from the Lord. It may help to refresh our minds on the Ten Commandments and what it really means to be a Christian.
We are urged to address our salvation with a sense of urgency. We should all strive to be the best us we can be, whilst feeding ourselves with messages from the scriptures and deepening our understanding of the Christian life. Are you ready to do what the bible says? Do you even know what the bible says? Be informed, study it, make it a priority.
The imminent coming of Christ and the need to be prepared is well illustrated in the parable of the Ten Virgins. You can read about it : HERE. It explains the need to be prepared always, and Christ is represented by the Bridegrooms. He will come at anytime. We have to be ready.
We are pilgrims in this transitory world, we must be prepared. No matter how precious worldly things appear, make sure it does not compromise your faith and covenant with the Lord.
I shall end this week’s sermon with a verse from one of Hymns, it really spoke to me:
“If in our hearts, there is nought condemn us, we shall have a glorious rest.
Is eternity your destination?