“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?” (Matt.25:35-39 KJV)

Towards the twilight of 2017, my wife awoken my consciousness the more as it regards giving to charity. In one of our sober and hearty discussions, she said to me, amongst other things, “I’ve resolved to give more than to receive.” I’ve known her to be generous even before we got married but her further resolve to increase the intensity of her givings was thought-provoking. And her emphasis was on horizontal giving as opposed to vertical giving. For us as believers vertical givings (Kingdom Advancement Givings) are sacrosanct, selfless and intentional.

Interestingly, I have seen her consciously put her faith to work in showing kindness to the less privileged. The one that touches me most is her passion for a group of children beleaguered by cancer. She does not only sow financial seeds but pray for them daily to the point that she’s converted me, simply by her passion; to become one of their prayer warriors and her inseparable partner in social works.

I was further inspired early this year reading from the Entrepreneur magazine the new year resolutions of 30 Highly Successful People. To my greatest pleasure, one common thread in their resolutions is their increased involvement in charity. Worthy of mention is the highly sought after Life Coach Tony Robbins, who pledged to provide another 100million meals to the hungry through Feeding America. This will make it a total of 400million by the end of the year, in support of the 1 billion that he pledged to donate through Feeding America by 2025. Amazing!

Also, meditating on our text above, I learnt some lessons in accountability as a believer and beneficiary of Christ’s righteousness. That at the end of my assignment here on earth, God’s yardstick for confirmation of my appreciation of His gift of righteousness will be my hearty show of charity to the dying world. What use is chastity without charity? Chastity without charity will amount to travesty of redemption.

You cannot receive love and not give back love. “…For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:…” (Luke 12:48)

Please hear this: The clarity of charity is embedded in the intentionality and actuality of service.

Dear friend, if you must succeed in your walk with God and in your life’s endeavour, then you must embrace charity. (1 Cor.13:8)

In the year 2020 and beyond, be determined to do good, ever ready to distribute and be willing to communicate actionable charity. (1Tim.6:18)

I leave you with these gracious words from Apostle Paul,

“And God is able to bestow every blessing on you in abundance, so that richly enjoying all sufficiency at all times, you may have ample means for all good works.” (2 Cor.9:8 Weymouth)

I congratulate you for being an extension of the love of Christ. A new day is here!

To a love filled year,

✝️Tochukwu Kemakolam

Prime Minister

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