Acting Senior Pastor, Elder Felix N. Tiepoh, told the family and sympathizers at the funeral of the late George J. Gmah last Saturday to make use of the talents God has given them to ensure that their eternity is secured, even before the end of their lives.
Held at the Emmanuel Temple (Independent Pentecostal Church of Christ) in the Borough of New Kru Town on Bushrod Island, Monrovia, Elder Tiepoh reminded the mourners that the deceased cannot be helped by their tears.
On the theme, ‘What Have You Done With What God Gave You,’ Elder Tiepoh examined Matthew 25:14-30, where the Bible reports the story of a man who was about to travel abroad that summoned his slaves, and entrusted his belongings to them.
Elder Tiepoh said: “He gave five talents to one, two to another, and one to still another, each according to his own ability, and he went abroad.” He explained that the one who received the five talents went and did business with them and gained five more. Likewise, the one who received the two gained two more.
“But the slave who received just one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time, the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them,” he said, adding that those who made use of what they received were rewarded and the one who did not make use of what he received was described by the Master as “a wicked and sluggish slave.”
The scripture, as read by Elder Tiepoh, said: “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundantly. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him, and throw the good-for-nothing slave out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and the gnashing of his teeth.”
Tiepoh encouraged the mourners to ensure that they keep God in their lives. “George Gmah came to church even when he was sick,” he said, “and while your tears cannot help him, we should know that his future is with God.”
He told the family to take heart and read Ecclesiastics 12:1-8, emphasizing that they should remember God when they are healthy, before worse days come.
Elder Tiepoh also called on his listeners to be each other’s keeper, by sharing what they have with those who lacked them. He said when those who have assisted those who don’t have, “they do it for Jesus Christ,” as quoted in the Scriptures.
The late George J. Gmah was born on March 6, 1947 and died after a brief illness at the Redemption Hospital on February 23, 2017. He was 70 years old.
Burial took place at the Johnsonville Cemetery, outside Monrovia. Survivors include daughters Ms. Saviour Gmah, Ms. Victoria Gmah, son Theophilus N. Gmah, Jr.; grandson Theophilus N. Gmah, III, and a host of other relatives.