The Pentecost Tax aphorism, is a wise saying. It is an Apostolic instruction, from the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, when he attended as the Special Guest of Honour and Chairman, the book launch of Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi, at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, on Friday.
As we can see, it was a message directed at Christian leaders who are meant to understand it in toto.
However, the Vice President, being a newspaper, and being a public event, his message, speaking as a Pastor, attracted the media coverage and the information equally slipped to those who lack the temperament to seek for knowledge, even, it they have no clue about the Man of God is telling his fellow labourers in faith.
While unveiling the book, Vice President Osinbajo said: “The book, ‘Kumuyi: Defender of the Faith,’ begins the work of discharging the Pentecostal tax obligation of Pastor Kumuyi. The book tells the story of the incredible work of the Holy Spirit in his life and Ministry. How by His grace, he not only preached and continues to preach holiness to a whole generation, but lived and lives it himself daily.
What is Pentecost?
1. Pentecost in Christianity primarily signifies the baptism of the Apostles and other believers with the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. — Acts 2:1–4. (Full reading Acts 2:1–31).
2. There is also the Feats of Pentecost, according to Exodus 34:22. “And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.”
This type is the time when Christians give thanks to God for what the farms have produced and for what their labour in the fields has yielded. It was an ancient Jewish practice.
At this period, being a major Jewish festival, they (believers in the Feast of Pentecost), especially the Jews from all over the Mediterranean world were gathered in one place.
3. The Pentecost Tax payment is also made in the willingness of the Christian leaders to allow themselves to be used for the ministerial works by the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian leaders, who have been empowered to reach out the the needs of their followers, as Jesus Christ said in Luke 4:18. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free.”
From the 1, 2 and 3 above, there was an empowerment for the Christian leaders, which was not for them alone, primarily, your gifts are to serve others.
• For instance, if you are a doctor, who has received the knowledge for healing, you heal your patients, not necessarily yourself.
• So, as a leader, you serve others first, that is exemplary leadership.
• You bring from your abundance to serve God. What you bring, all the farm produce, with that, there will be abundance for those who lack what to eat, because it will be shared among them. God does not eat farm produce. Dedicating it to God is to be shared among the needy.
• The very important aspect of it all is in the documentation of these great miraculous encounters as we read of the exploits of these men and women of God in the Bible today. If some people didn’t make the sacrifices to document them, we won’t know about these different moves of the Holy Spirit, and innumerable advantages and benefits therein for humankind.
What does the aphorism mean
• It is servant leadership. Jesus Christ speaking against the domineering attitude of the “Princes of Gentiles” over their followers said in Mathew 20:25. “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them,” but He charged the Christian leaders not to be like that in Vs 26, saying, “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.”
• It is with long-suffering, showing of uncanny and unconditional love for others, and making of sacrifices that all the aforesaid can be achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit.
• That is the Pentecost Tax you are to pay as leaders and even followers. That is what the Vice President, Prof Osinbajo is saying.