“Those who love the Lord come before His gracious altar, it is where God speaks to us, blesses and grants us mercy, forgiveness of sin and peace. It is always a great joy to be told to go into the house of the Lord, as it was with the Psalmist”. This is how Apostle Ashie Kotei of Cape Coast Apostle area welcomed the youth from Asikuma, Ekumfi and Enyan districts to the Abowinum congregation in the Enyan district, where the third of the scheduled youth service by the Apostle in his working area was held on Sunday October 20, 2019. It was also attended by the District Rectors and Deputy District Rectors of the invited districts.
The bible text for the service was taken from Matthew 6:20, ‘But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.’
Lay-up treasures in heaven
Elaborating on the text Apostle Ashie Kotei asked the youth, “We are on this earth so how can we lay up treasures in heaven”, and continued, “Our treasure in heaven is Jesus Christ; He became our treasure because we believe in Him”. He urged the youth to undertake works of faith, since a person without faith in Jesus Christ is one who has no treasures. Our faith, love, and peace would not be stolen from us by the evil one, if we work with to gather treasures in heaven for ourselves.
Draw closer, let Jesus Christ be seen in you
Apostle Ashie Kotei stated that Christ is the saviour of the world, but many people still doubt this, “He is our saviour and we will draw closer to Him. Christ should be seen in those who have Him as their treasure; He is holy, righteous, loving, forgiven and humble”.
He advised the youth to stay away from all negative vices that stem from greed. “If Christ is our treasure in heaven, then let His character be seen in us. If the fear of the Lord is in us, then we have treasures in heaven.”.
Apostle Ashie Kotei concluded by urging the youth to continually “pray, have fellowship with Christ and do the work of God. Let us come to Christ and make Him happy with our good deeds”.
District Rectors James Assuah of Asikuma and Kingsford Obeng of Enyan assisted in the service.