Jesus said, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:1-4
APPLYING JESUS' TEACHING IN THE REAL WORLD
In our efforts to raise the awareness of Bus Stop Bible Studies, especially in the church community, God has introduced us to a specialist in social media - the director of social media for one of Canada's big banks. One of the things we have been guided to is the production of short, topical, monthly videos that complement and help promote this ministry. Everything to accomplish this has been donated!
Above is the first of these videos. As I considered the content of the message for this blog entry I drew a blank in coming up with a witty or meaningful comment. Then, staring at the image of these two young men on my computer screen, God showed me that they were in their own way exemplifying Jesus teaching. I have met neither of them. I don't even know their names [yet]. They simply volunteered their time to, in their own way, further the Kingdom of God.
Too often we over complicate the truths that Jesus teaches us. I know I do. I see a world in crisis and my desire is to move mountains and set everything right, to single-handedly evangelise every nation under Heaven. Not so in God's Kingdom. God wants us to take care of orphans and widowsn in their distress and keep ourselves from becoming polluted by the world! This is 'true religion' according to the Bible's teaching.
Or, as our two intrepid charachters exemplify, "...do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased." Hebrews 13:16
(c) David Harrison 2015