“Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28).
This passage intrigued me the first time I read it. I was expecting the Bible to say, “Let him who stole steal no longer: but rather let him labor, to see to his needs.” However, the Word of God asks him to work with his hands what is good for a specific purpose: “to give to the one in need”.
Didn’t the Lord say to Abraham, “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. “(Genesis 12: 2)? Yes, the Lord wants to take you out of the perhaps miserable situation you know, bless you so that you are, above all, a source of blessing for others.
Unfortunately, many Christians are seeking for blessings in a selfish way: just to get out of poverty, misery, sin, sickness, celibacy, unemployment, and so on.
God promises you in this season, superabundant provision and He wants you to experience the miraculous. But what are you saying to yourself? “When I get better, I can help others” God wants you to change your way of seeing things.
First, He tells you not to worry about what you’re going to eat, drink or wear or your tomorrow. “ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “says Matthew 6:32. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and if you know that God is your Father or better, your Bridegroom, so, you must not worry about these things. You must have complete confidence in Him and believe with all your heart that He will provide for your need according to His riches (Philippians 4:19). He asks you to stop focusing on your “I” but to look around and see who you are going to help. Look up and you will see people around you whose situation is worse than yours. Pray for these people, try to support them and better, solve their problems. This way, God will make you a source of blessing.
Are you suffering in your body in any way? The God of healing wants to heal you but wants you to start praying for those suffering like you or even more than you! He will heal you so that you can lay hands on many so that they experience divine healing like you.
Your rent is not paid yet? Carry the burden of your neighbor living in the same situation as you and who do not know how to make it. Pray for him and know that God can, for example, make you later an investor in real estate so that you create social housing in favor of many families.
Your age is advancing and you are not yet married? Carry the burden of people around you who are in the same situation as you. You will see then God manifest in your life and in theirs! Do you have problems in your couple? Pray for those you know who are in the same situation as you. When God will solve your problem, you will know how to counsel other couples in difficulty. This attitude will make you a source of blessing for them!
So, look up and look around. Pray for other people! Go into action to help other people. Put your hand in your pocket, if you must, and you will see how powerfully God will manifest Himself in your own life and in the life of others !
May God bless you Beloved
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth“.
“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God ?”
“Let Your work appear to Your servants, And Your glory to their children“.
“For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; For how should My name be profaned ? And I will not give My glory to another“.
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