30 Mar 2020

 

Why Work Hard Christmas Message 2019 To S. Sudanese Youths

"I am also urging you to join the campaign for inclusion of women and youth enterprise Development Fund in the national budget so that the youth and women who have the capacity can be given capital to start businesses."

By The Most Rev Moses Deng Bol, Archbishop of Northern Bahr el Ghazal Internal Province and Bishop of the Diocese of Wau.

Introduction
Christmas is a time to remember the birth of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Although he was born by virgin Mary Jesus was a Jew. This begs the question as to why we remember his birth and not the birthday of other Jews like him.

The answer is that we remember Jesus Christ not just because of his miraculous birth but for what he has done for us. In many of his public statements Jesus made it clear that the purpose of his coming is to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God.

You will read one of these statements in the Gospel according to St Luke 4:42-44. 42: At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. 43 But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” 44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God Luke 9:1-2.

1 Jesus called the twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases.
2 Then he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick,
Jesus used parables to explain what the Kingdom of God is, whom does the Kingdom of God belongs to and when will the Kingdom God come. One of these parables is the parable of the talents in Mathew 25:14-30.

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property.
15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.
17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’
21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’
23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,
25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?
27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.

There are two different ways in which one can interpret this parable. One is to say that Jesus was referring to spiritual gifts that God has given to each of us for the building up of the Kingdom of God.
But also the other way of interpreting is that by using this parable Jesus has endorsed business. In this parable therefore we see a number of things which are needed for a business to succeed:

Capacity or ability of the people who does the business. We are told in the story that each of the three servants was given a certain number of talents based on his ability or capacity.

Capital-We are also told in the parable that each of the three servants was given the capital they needed to start the business by the master

Time-The master gave the three servants time to use the talents he gave them and make profit before asking them to give him an account of how they have used the money.

Hard work-The bible tells us that two of the three servants were hardworking and so they were able to put the capital given to them in use and make profit.

The other one was lazy and so he was not able to put the money given to him in use even though he was given the same amount of time like the other two servants.

I am therefore appealing to the South Sudanese young people to develop your capacity in your area of interest, make business plan and share it with your uncle or aunt and ask him/her to give you a capital to start the business which will benefit the two of you or as a loan which you will refund back after some time.

I am also urging you to join the campaign for inclusion of women and youth enterprise Development Fund in the national budget so that the youth and women who have the capacity can be given capital to start businesses.

I also urge the youth to work hard and manage their time well as these some of the keys to success was we have seen in the case of the first two servants in this parable.
These will improve the lives of the women and the youth who will benefit from the fund which is the purpose of Jesus’s coming as he clearly started in his Manifesto in the Gospel of Luke 4:18-19.

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

In this regard we are thankful to our friends and partners especially Humanitarian Relief Trust, Anglican Relief and Development fund (ARDF), Global partnership committee, Poole Wau Partnership (PWP), Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC), Justice Africa among others who supported us throughout the year.
These supports have enable us to fulfil the manifesto of our Lord by helping our people to meet some of their basic needs such as providing food and non-food items to flood affected communities providing education and health care, facilitation of inter-communal peace and reconciliation conferences etc.

Conclusion
As we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ during this Christmas season, let us not forget that we are not just remembering his miraculous birth but also his ministry of preaching the Good News of the Kingdom of God to all nations which he has commissioned us as His disciples to carry forward Mathew 28:16:20:

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.
17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in [a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Every blessing.
 

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23/12/2019, 11:12 AM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you Deng Bol
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