THEME: INTEGRITY IN LEADERSHIP
“At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.”
–Cornelius was an army commander, a centurion of the Italian Cohort who lived in the city of Caesarea. A centurion commanded a military unit which consisted of at-least one hundred (100) men. The Roman legion consisted about six thousand (6000) men which was divided into ten regiments, with had a designation, for instance; Italian, Imperial or Augustan. A centurion was a leader with soldiers under him whom he commanded (Matthew 8:9). Cornelius was a devout man together with his family. They believed in one God and respected the moral and ethical teachings of the Jews. Cornelius was a leader of integrity for he feared God, prayed regularly and gave alms to the poor. Some leaders fail to reconcile the connection between leadership and spirituality. They neither pray to God nor know Him. Some political leaders seek elective posts to gain material wealth for themselves not knowing that it is immaterial in the kingdom of heaven. Cornelius prayed regularly and sort the way of salvation; which was granted to him and his entire household. He was also generous to the poor and focused on storing up his treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust can destroy, and thieves cannot break in and steal (Matthew 6:19-20). Like Cornelius, we are encouraged to be leaders of integrity in whatever capacities God has placed us. To lead by the example of Jesus as servant leaders by serving and loving each other including the needy in the society. To devote ourselves and families to God through fellowship, prayer and fasting, and the Lord will to respond to all our needs according to His will. Let us also remember to remain united as a country for our leaders live peacefully, and could use us to stir up violence. May the Lord bless our nation of Kenya, and scatter all the plans of the enemy against us; for the glory and honor of His name.
Abba Father we thank You for this day that You have made, we rejoice and are glad in it. You remain faithful even when we become faithless. You are a faithful God. You are the same Lord, yesterday, today and forever. You are so faithful to keep Your promises. May You remember the covenant of peace, that we may continually dwell in peace and unity as a nation. May You justice and righteousness prevail in our nation of Kenya. Lord Jesus through Your abundant grace You were rich, yet for our sake You became poor, so that by this poverty we might become rich. We thank You for considering worthy of Your salvation power. May Your revival come to our nation of Kenya and other nations of the world. May You forgive us our sins and grant us the gift of salvation together with our entire households. May You light the fire of prayer and devotion in our hearts so that we may draw closer to You as You draw near us. May You give us hearts of compassion so that we may give alms to the poor and needy in the society, as we care for the needs of the orphans and widows. May You bless all the children living in the streets and give them the desires of their hearts. Lord You have said in Your word that blessed are those who consider the poor, for in the day of trouble the Lord will deliver them. May You deliver us from all our trouble and bless us merciful Savior; for we put all our trust in You. May Your peace that surpasses all understanding dwell in our hearts, minds and nation of Kenya in Christ Jesus. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 14:21, Mark 10:21
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