One of the greatest joys in life is experiencing the end result of our hard work. With joyful anticipation, we eagerly wait for our dreams to come to fruition. Being in love, marriage, having children, taking vacations, purchasing a vehicle or home, starting a new career or business, graduating from high school or college, and retirement are considered milestones–completing achievements in one’s life.
We put forth great effort to make accomplishments in our lives. And when our goals are in sync with God’s perfect will, He opens the windows of heaven and gives us great blessings. We gladly share our testimonies of being blessed and highly favored by God, but we ignore God’s expectation that we use our blessing to also bless others.
Many believers have the mindset of “Thank You, God for blessing me.” And a lifestyle that reflects stashing their resources and living comfortably as if wrapped in a blanket on a chilly winter day. Jesus’ disciples shared a similar [self-centered] value system. The 5,000-plus individuals would have never eaten if it were left up to His disciples.
“Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food, because we are in a remote place here.” (Mark 6:36)
Jesus’ counter answer surprised the disciples, “But He answered and said to them, ‘You give them something to eat'” (Mark 6:37). Even after being with Jesus and knowing His selflessness, the disciples did not have concern for the needs of others.
Ask yourself, “How many people have I helped this year?” A truthful self-evaluation is something that every Christian believer should perform. “Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults” (Psalm 19:12).
The parable in Matthew chapter 25 about Jesus separating the sheep from the goats is not speaking of believers versus unbelievers. Both groups are believers. Those who did nothing throughout their lives to help others were represented by the goats asking Jesus, “When did we see you…?” Sadly, these believers were told by Jesus to Depart from Him.
Even those who have little financial means can offer encouragement to those who are walking in darkness. Since 2020, our world has been in chaos. Who doesn’t need compassion and kind words? Ask a stranger if can you pray with them. Even if they refuse, you can still say, “God bless you. Have a great day.” The Holy Spirit knows if their hearts are receptive to accepting Jesus as their personal Savior. We just need to do our part.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (luke 6:38)
Receiving the reward of eternal life “Well-done though good and faithful servant” when Jesus comes is not based on our earthly accomplishments or fulfilling our dreams. It is only our faithful obedience to God’s commands that will be counted in the end. Remember, only what we do for Christ will last.
Prayer: God, we ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Please reveal our purpose in serving others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.