Messenger of Mercy

25 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 6:2-3 Jesus said, “When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself.  You’ve seen them in action.  I’m sure—‘playactors’ I call them—treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds.  They get applause, true, but that’s all they get.  When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks.  Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively.  That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”

 

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying in these verses)

Charity begins at home.  A loving, forgiving, kind and compassionate person in the home will most naturally be Invoice marked Paidthat same kind of person out in the world.  At home, when no outsiders are watching, are you the same person you are in public?  Check yourself often in this area.  Don’t put on airs for others that you don’t practice at home.  Genuineness counts with your family, with others, and with God. 

One time I was watching people come into the temple and give to the offering.  Some made great ceremony of it, giving of their abundance when there was a great crowd of onlookers.  But one dear lady came slinking in; afraid someone would see that she gave the smallest of coins.  It was nothing compared to the others.  I explained that she had given more than all the others.  They gave of their abundance, and she gave all she had and wished it was more.

Lay up your treasures in heaven.  Don’t do your good works for the applause of men, but do them when no one is looking. This shows your pure motive.  God does not call attention to Himself but quietly works behind the scenes to care for your needs.  You are His messenger of mercy when you quietly carry out his work of loving care in response to what God has given you—and not so you can brag about it.

Jesus’ Question for Me:  Will you be My messenger of mercy, on assignment from Me, without seeking the notice of others?

Jesus’ Promise to Me Doing your good deeds, to receive praise from others, negates the reward I had planned to give you.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your love and care for me daily.

I am sorry I don’t offer more love and care to others.

Thank You for this reminder to serve others in secret.

Help me to always be about the business of serving as Your Messenger of mercy into the lives of others.

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