OGDEN -- The Griffin Memorial Church of God in Christ last Sunday may have been celebrating a long history -- a weeklong observance marked the 75th anniversary of the Utah Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ -- but the message focused on the day at hand.
Bishop Bobby Allen, the leader of the church's Utah jurisdiction, spoke at the commemoration ceremony. The theme of the event was from New Testament Scripture Matthew 6:34, "Do all the good you can today."
Allen referred to the following quote: "Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; yet today is cash on hand."
He asked those in attendance to heed the words: "We put off today for tomorrow, not really knowing that we might not see tomorrow."
Allen said procrastination can consume a person, but so can being fixed on preparing for the future -- it can keep people from accomplishing good in the world today.
"So many times, we find ourselves trying to fix the problems of tomorrow before we fix the problems of today," he said.
And he reminded the congregation and visitors that God is aware of people's needs and will take care of them if they will serve Him and allow Him to provide.
Rather than worry over one's food and clothing, Allen told his listeners, it is important to help others in the world.
"Today is the day that we should try to do all the good we can," he said. "Tell somebody along the way that Jesus lives, for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son."
Allen said living for God isn't as difficult as some would believe.
"The Bible says the way of the transgressor is hard," he said, but he emphasized that any effort to gear one's life toward Jesus Christ is worth it.
"The Bible tells me I've been adopted into the royal family," he said. "I'm so glad to be one of those royal children."
People need to do all they can to remain encircled by God's love, the "royal family" and the followers of Christ, he said.
"Jesus said, 'Come unto me you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,' " Allen said. "I thank God for love because the Bible says love covers a multitude of faults."
He told the congregation to continue doing good in the name of Jesus Christ throughout their lives.
"Elder Griffin (for whom the church was named) used to say in his lifetime, 'Lord, don't let me die before I finish my work, because no man can do my work for me.'
"You might consider, 'Lord, have I done all the good I can do?' " he said. "If the deeds aren't good, He will say, 'Depart from me. I did not know you.' "
Five churches make up the Utah Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. The Ebenezer church is in Salt Lake City, and Miracle Temple is in Boise. The three churches in Ogden are: Griffin Memorial, 2424 E Ave., where Allen is pastor; Emmanuel, 2778 Wall Ave., with Elder John Miller as pastor; and Finley Temple, 119 W. 30th St., with Elder Henry McAllister as pastor.