"Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you, knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me." II Peter 1:13,14
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give Matthew 10:8
Life and death are in the hands of God. Neither can a man raise another from the dead nor he take away anothers without Gods permission. This knowledge appears incomprehensible because man fail to realize that God is the creator of all living things. During the old and new testament times, God had given authority to raise the dead. In spite of it only a few were raised. Why? Only those appointed by the Lord alone will be given a second chance to live. Otherwise, there will be mortality in the earth.
During famine, Elijah went to a village called Zarepath, where the Lord had appointed a widow to provide for him. Although she did not have much to give Elijah, she gave what she had to Elijah. Due to this she and her household was blessed and she had enough to eat throughout the famine. Her son became ill and died. Elijah prayed for him and God answered his prayers and he became alive. "Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him and he revived" (I Kings 17:22). Why was the widows son raised from the dead? The widow was unselfish and yielding to God. She had only the last morsel but she was ready to part with it for a stranger. How is your life to today? Ask yourself if you are selfish and greedy and want everything for yourself or are you ready to part with your things. The Lord expects us to be unselfish, to feed the hungry and to help someone who come to you. This is the true nature of a Christian. That is the example that Christ set before us. He gave His life and bore all the infirmities just to show you how much he can sacrifice just to make you His own. We may not be able to part with our life to save others at least let us part with our things to help save others.
You may wonder what is the use of helping others. Most of the time they are not grateful for what I do. St. Paul says that our reward is not of this earth but of the heaven where we would spend our eternity with Christ. "For we know that if our earthly house, this, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens" (II Corinthians 5:1).
Whatever you do for Christ sake will not go waste. If you are bearing the cross of insult, pain, agony, sufferings or all the charities, the tithe which you give for the Lord, nothing would be vain. It is kept in account with the Lord. He will reward you duly in this earth in heaven also. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the lord knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Every week we are learning a lesson through this newsletter. The Lord expects us to grow in holiness and righteousness. This week the Lord is urging you to be unselfish and remain steadfast in doing good works. Your reward for doing good will be from the Lord and not from the world.
May the Lord bless you and His abundant grace provide you with all the strength to good to others and shun evil.If you are blessed by this message kindly let us know, that we praise God together at firstname.lastname@example.org