Christians need to take Christmas and the birth of Christ seriously, reconnect with the significance of Christ our Saviour being born, and avail themselves for the Lord’s work in 2019.
This is the message from Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who was speaking to Gateway News from his home this week in a year-end message to readers.
Listen to recording of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s year-end message.
Mogoeng says he believes 2019 is going to be a turning point for South Africa, Africa, and the global community and for that to materialise Christians need to appreciate that God can use every available vessel for the greater good of many.
“I believe whatever debate surrounds the 25th as the day on which Christ was born or not born, we owe it to our Saviour to use the 25th, to use this period to remind ourselves of the sacrifice that He became for us to be saved,” says Mogoeng. “For me, it really is a moment for great reflection, not to get trapped in taking for granted what it took for us to be saved, the price.”
Cutting through the tinsel
Mogoeng says the way to cut through the commercialism of Christmas can be found in the Word.
“Mark 16 stands out as the message that we must reconnect with. Are we winning souls? Are we following up on the lost? Do we still remember what John 15 is about? And are we still as attached — and attached not as equals but as branches to the vine as we ought to be? Is the love that Christ talks about in John 15 practised? Do we individually and collectively practice the love that He has commanded us to practice? Are we as obedient as He has commanded us to be?” asks Mogoeng.
“Remember in John 14 He says those who obey My commandments are the ones who love Me. So it’s basically to come to terms with what it means to be a Christian. To check whether or not we are even sanctified Christians. That way we will be able to separate the chaff from the fundamentals of Christianity that this day, this period is about.”
Mogoeng is passionate about the power of God’s Word lived out.
“I would rather die than compromise on the principles that define what it means to be a child of God,” he says.
“We must decide to be hot for the Lord. I think we need to change and when we do God will do the unthinkable. I’ve seen Him do the unthinkable in my life this year. I just couldn’t’ believe it. Just when I thought He has done the best for the year, He took it to a level I could never have imagined. That’s our kind of God. And anybody, anybody can be used by God if only we can throw the selfishness, the greed away and prioritise His Kingdom for real. Not in words, but in every respect.”
The Chief Justice is convinced that the new year, which is also an election year, will bring great changes for South Africans.
“I think with the prayers that are going on and with more prayers that I believe will be made, we must buckle up for the unimaginable to eventuate. We are in for a big surprise, whatever it is, God is involved in it. That’s as far as a Chief Justice can go.”