Thy Holy Writ
Matthew chapter 2, verses 17 & 18 (NKJV)
17) Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
18) “A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they are no more.”
Many times folks as you may know, life doesn’t always have a happy ending as we have witnessed first hand this past week here in the Cleveland, Ohio area. However, no matter what comes one’s way, we always have an opportunity to minister, and bear fruit for the kingdom of God.
Be it in celebration or in mourning. God always has a reason and a testimonial for someone to experience. Christ said, that there is no greater gift that one can give than to lay down their life for another. Well we can’t always be the one to give such a gift to someone in need. Yet we can sacrifice apart of our life by giving of our time, our energy, our personal testimonial to help someone to get through the tough times.
I see to often how folks get neglected and it seems that no one cares about the person next door, or the stranger down the street. Face it, were all to busy doing stuff and there never seems to be enough time in the day anyhow. Thing is God knows this already and he keeps giving us another day to get involved, right?
So don’t forget that we are to do all things in our life to please Who? Ourselves? No, your right, but rather, God the Father. We also have been taught that works alone will not get us into heaven but think on this for a while, will you?
If we do good works for someone in need and set out, doing it to please God, don’t we give a blessing to them and to ourselves by helping them get over a tough time? Don’t you think that is pleasing to the Father? Of course it is, your right again. Well then, if this is all true then are you not laying down a portion of your life (even if it is of your personal time)? Of course you are and God is taking notice of that unselfish act. Laying it down out of love for the Father and the person or persons you give of yourself to. Wow, what a wonderful gift to give someone you don’t even know. Wow.
Remember, it is time you can not get back, and isn’t that sorta like laying down your life for another. Again, of course it is. It is all about prospective and love. Love for the right reason is never a bad reason to love. Doing the right thing in the eyes of God and doing it for Him, is never a bad thing either. Yet being selfish and self-centered and even self-absorbed, is a bad thing.
Karma does work both ways and so does Gods love, both ways that is. Be it receiving or giving. Besides wasn’t it He, that lead you to do what it is you are going to do for that other person? Yes, right again.
So, see you are a blessing and you do have something to give and there are many, many countless ways one can help someone in need. Especially when it is done out of love. Be it spiritual or carnal. Just make sure your heart is in the right place and you will never be wrong if you do it for and out of love and nothing else.
Make sure though you do not ask for anything back in return unless it is, to pay it forward.
Have a blessed day folks and enjoy putting a smile on someones face and thank God for the opportunity to do so and the testimony you’ll have to share later on for doing it.
Sincerely your servant in Christ Jesus,
Bishop Andrew R. M. Manley DD., O.S.A., O.S.P.