Reverend Fitzgerald Odonkor, President of the Harvest International Ministries has stated that the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made for the world was an example of sacrificial living that Christians must follow.
He said Christ by making that sacrifice striped himself of all privileges and dignity and by so doing showed love to the less privileged and identifying with them.
Rev. Odonkor said this at the “Good Friday” edition of ‘Harvest Praise 2013’, which took place at the Accra International Conference Centre on Friday.
Harvest Praise is an annual evangelistic programme initiated by the Harvest International Ministries (HIM). This year’s programme marks the 15th year of Harvest Praise.
The artistes who performed on the scintillating programme include the ever green Harvest Gospel choir, Bethel Donkor, Harvest Theatre, Cwesi Oteng, Ohemaa Mercy and a guest artiste Darwin Hobbs from the United States.
Rev. Odonkor said “Christ paid the full price for our sins through this ultimate sacrifice on the cross and by so doing set an example of sacrificial living for us to follow.”
“We cannot tell the full story of Easter, and especially Good Friday, without considering the subject of this ultimate sacrifice” he said.
He said Jesus assumed the role of a servant in making that sacrifice and that it is about time Christians ask God what he would have them do rather than instructing him on what to do for us.
He charged Christians to descend from their high social, economic, academic and political pedestal to the level of the ordinary person and demonstrate the sacrifice of a true leader to the world.
Rev. Odonkor said the world is looking for Christians who can identify with them without comprising on their Christians values.
He said such people must humble themselves because no true and lasting honour comes without genuine humility.
Rev. Odonkor also used the occasion to launch the Church’s Social Integration Project (SIP), which seeks to provide a platform for those marginalized in society to feel a sense of integration with other seemingly more able bodies.
He said the project would give them a sense of belonging which would improve their self-worth and make them more valuable to society.
“The project would also provide opportunity for social networking between individuals in an atmosphere of fun and personal fulfillment,” he noted.
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