Always be ready to help others – A Talk with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Always be ready to help others – A Talk with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

When you see someone in trouble, don’t be unmoved; be willing to help, even if you’ve been cheated before for so doing. Don’t say, ‘I’ll never help anybody again,’ because someone deceived you. Those who cheat you will get into trouble with God, but you’ll keep getting greater for loving and helping others no matter what happened in the past.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the man behind one of the most significant church movements on the planet, wants people to help others. He speaks of it often during his sermons or through his devotional ‘Rhapsody of Realities.’ It is just the way he has structured his message.

Sure, many detractors claim that his organization is all about skimming as much money as possible from his many believers by telling them that giving in abundance results in receiving in abundance. However, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome does not mind – he even manages a wan smile when he is asked about his lavish lifestyle. But his response is even more inspiring – enough to make people think.

‘In order to project success, you must first demonstrate it. It is the same as any financial advisor or lawyer. You wouldn’t get the same feeling of professionalism and peace of mind if you went to see your lawyer or financial advisor and they received you in subpar offices dressed in dirty t-shirts and shorts. In order to be successful, it needs to ooze out of your every pore…”

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome smiles as he shifts his weight in the chair. He clears his throat. ‘Did you know that material thing are no barometer for the level of any person’s success?’

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome gives the people in the room a moment to think before continuing. ‘Don’t work on having anything; instead, work on being something; invest in your personality. It is the best way to impact the world – working on you is the best way to achieve success and portray it.” He chuckles. ‘It is not all about material success. Owning stuff can never replace owning yourself and who you are. You become a success when you start impacting the world by inspiring others – that is what success is all about for me.’

After his rousing words about success, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome quickly reverts back to the original topic of always being available and willing to help others in need. He starts to quote passages from the bible. He begins to explain why the art of giving has almost vanished from our daily lives. He seems worried, but Pastor Chris has hope because he believes in the good of both man and woman. However, most of all, he trusts in God.

Galatians 6:9-10: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.

1 Peter 3:13-14 GNB – Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is right? 14 But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome asks his many devout followers never to be afraid of helping people. The September 2018 copy of ‘Rhapsody of Realities’ invites people always to help no matter the situation – Pastor Chris Oyakhilome says never to let the love die down; to always keep the flame of compassion continually burning because it is the will of God.

Of course, this can be difficult in our world today. We’re more security-conscious than ever; there’s so much fear all around us. It reminds of the words of Jesus as He cautioned against the signs of the end of the age; He said men’s hearts would fail them for fear (Luke 21:25-26). For example, it has become increasingly difficult, while driving by, to stop and help a stranded stranger, because many of us are afraid that the person could turn out to be a carjacker or a violent criminal.

Once upon a time, a beggar on the street who needed some help could approach someone, but today because many such beggars have been found to be tricky, he’s snubbed. That’s part of what our opening verse is talking about. Many have become cold, to the point that they’re not sure whom to help anymore. Some have become hardened because everybody seems to be self-seeking.

However, the wickedness of the world shouldn’t stop us from loving one another; it shouldn’t dowse our love-fire or make us shut our bowels of mercy and compassion. We must reach out, and keep reaching out, to help those in need. We have the Holy Spirit, and He’ll guide us aright in this; trust Him. If it’s a phony scenario or “funny” situation, He’ll let you know just in time what to do.

Therefore, when you see someone in trouble, don’t be unmoved; be willing to help, even if you’ve been cheated before for so doing. Don’t say, ‘I’ll never help anybody again,’ because someone deceived you. Those who cheat you will get into trouble with God, but you’ll keep getting greater for loving and helping others.

When Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is finished speaking he sighs. ‘We still have a lot of work to do before people are ready to stop worrying and lose the distrust.’

‘You will never stop?’ asks one of the people in the room.

Pastor Chris chuckles. ‘No, I never will.’

 

 

Culture and the arts

The word culture is derived from the Latin root cultura or cultus meaning to “inhabit, cultivate, or honour”. In general, culture refers to human activity; different definitions of culture reflect different theories for understanding, or criteria for valuing human activity. Present day Anthropologists use the term to refer to the universal human capacity to classify experiences and to encode and communicate them symbolically. They regard this capacity as a defining feature of the genus Homo. Since culture is learned, people living in different places have different cultures. There can be different cultures in different countries, and there can also be shared cultures among continents.

The arts are a vast subdivision of culture, composed of many creative endeavors and disciplines. It is a broader term than “art,” which as a description of a field usually means only the visual arts. The arts encompasses visual arts, literary arts and the performing arts – music, theatre, dance, spoken word and film, among others.

Art, in its broadest meaning, is the expression of creativity or imagination. The word art comes from the Latin word ars, which, loosely translated, means “arrangement”. Art is commonly understood as the act of making works (or artworks) which use the human creative impulse and which have meaning beyond simple description. Art is often distinguished from crafts and recreational hobby activities.

The term creative arts denotes a collection of disciplines whose principal purpose is the output of material for the viewer or audience to interpret. As such, art may be taken to include forms as diverse as prose writing, poetry, dance, acting or drama, film, music, sculpture, photography, illustration, architecture, collage, painting, craft and fashion. Art may also be understood as relating to creativity, æsthetics and the generation of emotion.