The Co-ordinator of the Volta and Oti Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) for The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Oliver Dela Quampah, has challenged Christians to do away with what he terms as ‘entitlement agenda card,’ but rather develop a heart of gratitude and be appreciative to God and the people they encounter in life.
He believes that whatever is appreciated increases in value and, therefore, expects Christians to always express appreciation and thanksgiving to God and fellow humans.
According to him, some Christians overlook the value of gratitude and appreciation because of their ‘entitlement agenda card’ and some cultural nuances, saying, “It takes the grace of God to give thanks to him always,” he said. He added: “Don’t play the entitlement agenda card with God.
Be grateful to God always, be grateful to your pastors, family, and your members. They owe you nothing. In fact, the ‘entitlement agenda’ is a killer of relationships and should be done away with, he noted.
Apostle Dr. Quampah who is an Executive Council Member and doubles as the Ho Area Head of the Church, made these remarks when he addressed the Heads’ Session of the 2023 Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh near Kasoa, on Monday, January 23, 2023.
He spoke on the theme, “Overflowing with Thanksgiving” with scripture references from Colossians 2:6-8, Psalm 118:1, and Luke 17:11-19.
He pointed out that gratitude is a universal language and must not be taken for granted, stressing that believers have more to thank God for than to complain about.
“In fact, our thanksgiving list should be longer than our shopping list,” he said, adding, “We set high standards and expect people to deliver, and we fail to commend and show appreciation should they fall short of our expectations.”