Praise God from whom all blessings flow. We are celebrating! Yes, jubilee is here. A jubilee marks significant milestones that certainly need to be celebrated.
This year, the Diocese of Kampala is celebrating her 50th anniversary since her inception on 16 January 1972. As we mark most of our jubilee days, we reflect on the commitment that has been made and kept for so many years.
Under the theme; Ebenezer: His Mission – Our Priority (1Samuel 7:12; Matthew 6:33; Luke 4:14-19), we shall sing the praises and goodness of the lord.
According to 1 Samuel 7:12, Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us”.
The stone was a remembrance of God’s intervention because the Philistines had won that battle twice but by God’s help, they had overcome them. Therefore, Ebenezer – the stone of help was to recognize the Lord’s help to them and to be thankful. Therefore, as we celebrate 50 years, we need to remember that it has been His help hence the word Ebenezer. In addition, it is important to note that we need the same help in the coming years after all He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow plus we do not know what is ahead but He knows.
Also importantly, to note is His Mission is our Priority is a call to the church to remain focused on its call in the coming years. God’s Mission in the world must remain the priority. Luke 4:14 points out Jesus being in the power of the Spirit (which we need to be as a church) and then proclaiming good news to the poor, liberating the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, setting liberty to the oppressed and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
If in the coming years we make seeking God and His righteousness first (Matthew 6:33) as a Church and make God’s Priorities our Priority all the other things will be added to us. Hence, the theme: Ebenezer: God’s Mission – Our Priority.
Meaning with God’s help as He has done in the last 50 years of this Diocese, if we make His Mission Our Priority, we can achieve much more than we have ever thought or ever imagined.