Sunday 7 December 2014
Speaker: Pastor Austen Ukachi
Key Passages: 1 Timothy 5:24-25; Revelations 14:13; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
In life, one of the things that matters most is the legacy we leave behind at death. That is the testimony people will have and discuss about us when we are no more. What will you be remembered for when you pass on?
The purpose of our gathering today is:
To thank God for the exemplary life our sister lived during her short time on the earth,
To pray for her family, and,
To reflect on the lessons of life. To reflect on the lessons which her death teaches us. What are these lessons?
Our sister Pastor Mrs Titilope Arinola Aleke, ran the Christian race well and ended well. She left behind sweet memories, and a legacy by way of her works and the good relationships she maintained.
She sang in the choir briefly at inception when she joined HAC
She spent many years as a children worker.
She was a youth worker and mobiliser. She loved youths and held an annual summer camp for them.
She was a women’s leader
Above all, she was a house wife, a mother to four children, and a spiritual mother to many at the the Badore Centre of He’s Alive Chapel, Lagos.
Dr Horatio Bonar’s classic song titled, ONLY REMEMBERED reminds us that when we all have gone, what people would remember us for will be our works.
Hebrews 11:4 says that Abel, though dead, still speaks through his righteous acts.
Jesus took time to acknowledge all the works of the seven churches, he said to each of them, “I know thy works…” Why did he do so? I am sure the reason is found in Revelations 14:13. If God took time to acknowledge the works of the seven churches in Asia, then we need to pay attention to our works. We all have a choice in the kingdom of God. Either to serve God sincerely and have our names put in God’s eternal records or to be passive and not have our names in heaven’s record.
1 Corinthians 3:11-15, confirms that our works shall be tried and that we shall receive due reward according to the motives behind our works.
The challenge our sister has left behind for us is the need to examine our lives and our works before God. By our works we mean, our service to God. We also mean how far, and how well, we use our time, treasure, gifts, our lives and talents in the service of God. In the many things that demand for our time, do we still have time for God? Those of us here who are her friends, from the University of BENIN, her colleagues in office, and her friends in Church, how do we serve our Creator with our gifts and talents?
In conclusion, I wish comfort and encourage the immediate family of our dear sister. I urge her husband, Pastor Fabian Aleke and the children to take heart. I pray the Lord will comfort Pastor Titi’s mother and her siblings who are here. I encourage and pray for Pastor Fabian Aleke’s family for the loss of their daughter-in-law. I encourage all her friends from UNIBEN and at Kings College, LAGOS. Lastly, I encourage and comfort all the members of HAC the Badore Centre and in all our Centres. May we draw solace in the fact that she has gone to be with the Lord.
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