CHRISTIANS have been urged to live lives worthy of emulation; lives that will speak of God’s saving grace. “Life is more than present reality; there is a far better place than our current home. Since no one lives forever, every deed on earth counts and determines every mortal’s destination.
The Catechist, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Ogbuabala, Umuabi, Victor Eneaniofu stated this in his sermon during the funeral service for Pa Clement Okonkwo Aneke Ogbete at his country home, Aneke’s Compound Umueguawo Village, Umuabi, Udi Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Eneaniofu charged Christians to strive to always please God, stating that life is for appointed time. And that no amount amendment will salvage any soul when the life on earth terminates. “Our gathering here is a crusade that speaks to the living. Pa Aneke has fulfilled his mission. It’s never too late for any to find eternal life in Christ. As Christians, we should live to reflect Christ as it guarantees eternity,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Vicar-in-Charge, St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Ogbuabala, Umuabi, Rev. Eric Ezeagugwo said Godly values in manifesting Christ are the reason people are called Christians, urging for the qualities that distinguish Christians for God to be pleased with the church of Christ.
John, eldest son of Pa Aneke, described his father as a good man that words cannot express, and will be remembered for his good virtues, further stating that his father was a loving, compassionate man that lived a good life.
“My father was a good man; nobody comes in contact with my father that wouldn’t acknowledge him for his virtues. Peoples still comment about the exemplary life that he lived. He was such a unifying force and sues for peace. A man exceptional, always encouraging us to see the good side of life. He would go out of his way to meet the needs of others. We are not just mourning but celebrating him today.”
He said the vacuum his father left will be difficult to fill, urging his siblings to emulate their father’s legacy.
Isaac Aneke, younger brother to Pa Aneke, in an emotion laden voice stated that his brother was industrious and accommodating. ”He was a good Christian, caring and helpful. The whole family is missing him already. We pray that God will fill the vacuum his death created.”
A nephew, Peter Aneke, said that Pa Aneke was outstanding than words can describe. ”Of a truth, he doesn’t discriminate; he took me as his son, paid my school fees. He was a man of inestimable value, so good to a fault. You hardly see him angry. I learnt from him the importance of living a purposeful and peaceful life, which I want everyone to emulate. I will miss him.”