Sunday, May 01, 2016

Good Works: The Trade Mark of A [True] Believer.

Blessed Mother Teresa: What comes to your mind when you see her?

Memory Verse: "Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father." (Matt.5:15-16, TLB)

Scriptural Reading: Acts 9:36-43.

A young boy lived with his parents in the inner city. He was about eight years old, and his family was extremely poor. One cold fall day, he was up at the local store looking in the windows admiring a pair of tennis shoes. As he stood there, cold and barefoot, a lady came along and said, "Young man, what are you doing staring so intently in this window? "

Under his breath, and almost shyly, he said, "Well, I was just sort of praying and asking God if He'd give me a new pair of tennis shoes." Without hesitation, the woman took him into the store and very gently and lovingly washed his cold dirty feet. Then she put a brand new pair of socks on him and told him to pick out three new pairs of tennis shoes. He couldn't believe it. He was so excited. He had never owned a pair of shoes. He'd always worn hand-me-downs.

After the woman paid for the purchases, she returned to the little boy. He looked at her in disbelief. Nobody had ever taken that kind of interest in him. With tears running down his cheeks, he said, "Lady, can I ask you a question? Are you God's wife? (Culled from Joel Osteen's Become a Better You).

This story, every time I read it, sends shivers down my spine- I mean, what better way for a believer to display Christ! Friends, you are never more like God than when you give, when you take time for people, when you do something good for somebody who can never repay you: These, are the trade mark of a true believer (See Jms.2:27).

Ponder Point: Hell is full of good meanings, but heaven is full of good works.

Action Point: GO, and be full of good works.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, empower me for good works in Jesus name, Amen.

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