The Day of enthronement

 

The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Argak Kwashi was installed and enthroned as the third Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 9th February, 1992.  He took as the text for his sermon, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Mt.6:33) Here he set out clearly his priority and his agenda – or rather, not his own agenda, but that which he believed was God’s agenda for Jos Diocese.  He noted that the Kingdom of God refers to a setting or situation where everything is done under the rule of God.  The kingdom of God therefore means the rule of God.

In his very first official address to the diocese, Bishop Benjamin Kwashi said. “In much of life and living, priorities are usually misplaced.  True values are exchanged for the false in the struggle to make the most out of life.   This is almost normal because of our human frailty and nature.  The text before us is a summary of Jesus’ teachings as recorded in St. Matthew’s Gospel chapters five to seven.  He had taught about attitudes and right relationships, love for our enemies, giving, prayer and fasting.  He now goes further to reveal certain truths about heaven, about light and darkness and about possessions.  Finally he sums it up by stating the most important priority: “Seek first the Kingdom of God… Our first task in Jos Diocese is to find the Kingdom of God.  Our second task is to find the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. I come to you as one seeking first of all this Kingdom.  Therefore, I shall resist every attempt to set up a Hausa kingdom, an Igbo kingdom, a Yoruba kingdom or any other kingdom.  For that matter I shall do all within me to insist on establishing the rule of God in the hearts of people, and on furthering his righteousness in all places and at all times.  Then, and only then, shall all other blessings follow.”

 

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