Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
As a Christian, God wants us to be selfless. When Jesus called us to be his followers he gave us precepts to follow. They are not simple. If you are like me there are times when living for Christ is not easy and that is when we most take up our crosses and follow him. This week I was learning a great lesson. I had to understand what it means to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is not just words. Giving our time to those who are in need, and helping one another is very essential. I believe what we do for others please God. There’s a passage in the bible which is Matthew 25:35-40” For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Reading this passage, I understand when we help others we are doing the will of our father in heaven. I also comprehend why we may have to put our needs in the backburner sometimes. I was very tired when one of my neighbor reached out to me for help. A part of me said go home and rest, another loud voice whispered you are sick yourself how can you be of a help. It was at that moment I had to remind myself that I also had my own moment of distress, and God dispatched his angels to my rescue. I also remembered days before I was praying to the lord asking him to use me for his glory. This was my moment to exercise and accept God’s assignment. I could not say not that way lord. God uses our circumstances too show his glory. I am on this earth for a purpose. God wants me to use every chance to represent his kingdom.
My illness is not a death sentence. I am now able to help and encourage others who are dealing with similar illness. Therefore, each time I am giving a chance to express my love towards others I seized the opportunity. Moving forward I have great news, my neighbor is doing much better. I am so happy to know that God is moving through his people. Each day you are giving a chance to show acts of kindness and it is up to you to recognize it.
Wow! I finally understand why God has allowed me to walk through the fire. It has been a long journey from October 2016 to now. I am still not out of the fire, but what I can say is that I know now for sure I am not alone. While in the fire, I walked on some burning charcoal which gave me bruises. However,only me and my savior know them. They are not visible to others. I fell into a deep major depression which got me without any warnings. I keep asking myself, why God? I am serving you and in my own understanding I know I am doing all the right things. Such as: praying, fasting, paying my tithes, also investing my time in His kingdom. Well, I had to come to place where I was squeezed into a corner where it was me and God and no one else. In the previous days before I went into a fast I had asked God to deal with me. I was facing many shames and guilts in my life and I knew if I wanted restoration it could only come through him and him alone. However, I now know if you ask the lord for something you have to be ready and willing to receive it at any cost. I have learned that the way God deals with us may not always be pretty. It may at times involve some unexpected events. I also prayed for a new level of dimension which I believe I was not quite ready for it yet. But God timing is always the right time. It has been truly a test and testimony for me. I believe for those who believe in the lord will face many trials and he will deliver us from them all. Nevertheless, in our darkest hours God will shine his face upon us. Through this trial, I often believed that I would never get to see a light at the end of the tunnel,but all glory be to God He has not allowed the enemy to devoured me. I am no where ready for the call but I do know that the call is not for cowards. It is for those who diligently seek after him. I have fought a good fight and I will continue to fight for the call. I pray that if you are facing a situation, or a sickness that you will rely on God because He is a way maker and a miracle worker. I now turn to you, are you ready for the call? Are you willing to walk through the fire or are ready to take up your cross everyday to follow him?We seem to love the blessings that come with the call. But there will be moments of Job in our lives will you throw in the towel or will you press on. Beloved I will not lie to you I had fail the test because I had doubts and even came to a point where I forgotten the power my father in heaven possessed. I just want to end with this, if you believe you see the glory of God. Remember Jesus loves and He wants to have a relationship with you.