The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has entreated Staff at the Headquarters of the church to strive to be different in everything they do, having found themselves working in a Christian organisation.
He advised them to set high standards in godliness and in moral excellence so that no one would have anything against them.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi said this in an exhortation when addressing the Management and Staff Seminar of The Church of Pentecost Headquarters on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.
Speaking on the topic: “But As For You,” taken his main Bible passages from 1 Timothy 6:3-11; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 2 Peter 1:5-11, he explained the reasons why Apostle Paul admonished his spiritual son Timothy to set himself apart and pursue things that are noble and of excellence.
He asserted that Timothy was a “man of God,” and for which reason he could not indulge himself in vices as any ordinary person would do.
According to the General Secretary, a man of God is one who has committed himself completely to God and His calling. Such, people, he stated, have no choice but to be different and pursue excellence in all things, saying, “The man of God’s overriding desire is to follow God’s direction.”
He indicated that for people of God to keep to the standards of God and make impact in society, they must have a heart after God’s own heart like David (Acts 13:22) and must obey His commandments. “The only requirement to be a man of God is to have a heart aligned with God’s heart, then the man of God will be molded by God to be and to do what God desires,” he stressed.
Just like Paul advised Timothy, Apostle Kumi-Larbi admonished believers to flee from vices and pursue virtue. Explaining virtue as the moral characteristics of a person that are universally deemed to be good, he mentioned that the Christian moral life is one that seeks to cultivate and practice virtue.
“Virtuous people do the right thing, as determined by what they believe is right or wrong. No one is born with fully developed virtuous character traits. Instead, we are all born with ‘virtue potential,’” he said, adding, “Virtues don’t develop on their own; they need to be cultivated. A virtuous life is living by your highest standards and values. Not because you want to impress people or get attention, but because you know in your heart it is the right thing to do.”