The following is an excerpt from my diary of my most recent trip to Africa. It was written pertaining to one of the lessons I heard at the “Africans Claiming Africa” conference:
The evening session consisted of more country reports and the keynote address. It was given by Fidelis Udofia of Nigeria. It was a thought- provoking sermon based upon the question God asked Moses in Exod. 4:2, “What is in your hand?” Basically his points were:
1) If you have something in your hand, you have an opportunity.
2) If you have something in your hand, you have a responsibility.
3) If you have something in your hand, you have accountability.
He continued and clarified by using the example of a gun. Put a gun in your hand, and you have all kinds of opportunities, good and bad. You can maim or kill a person unjustly, or you can kill an animal to feed someone. You can use it threateningly to take something that is not yours, or you can use it to improve your own skills. Put a gun in your hand and you have a responsibility – a responsibility to use it properly and safely. Put a gun in your hand and you have accountability. You will have to answer for how you did or didn’t use it – to the legal system, to others in your life, and to God. He concluded with these words: “Now, put a Bible in your hand…”