Posts Tagged ‘Charity’


Matthew 25:3, 29, 45

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour…For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him…‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

These powerful statements spoken by Jesus at the end of each parable pretty much sum up what the Lord is saying to us today. The first parable is about the 10 virgins who come to meet the bride. The virgins here refer to the Church which is us children of God collectively. The second parable is about the 3 servants and how they put the money their master entrusted them to good use and this again refers to us. The last is a revelation of the end times and how God will judge the living and the dead in spirit, rewards for the saved and damnation for the lost.

Clearly today, we are reminded that we need to be seeking from God and sharing with everyone who is needy that which God has blessed us with. We need to be relying on God for everything and not on our own selves, whether as a Church or as individuals and therefore we need to keep going back to God and asking for God’s leading in every area of our lives. We might think we know how to do some things well but that’s when we take over the reins and that is not what pleases God. We need to submit our all to him and he will lead us to victory over sin and death through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for us. We cannot live partial Christian lives where we are Christians at Church and secular in the world. God wants our all! Are you willing to give him your all?

In His Loving Service,

Vineet

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Matthew 18:23-34

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talentsg was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “The servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii.h He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt….“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

 

Sometimes I think of myself as a Pharisee in the way I act. By the grace of God, I was saved when I was 18 and have had a rocky walk with the Lord because I was always caught up by trying to live and not living for God. Oftentimes when difficult people came my way, I would judge them and mock them without thinking once that I’m just as difficult as them but saved by God’s grace alone. This is a reality I live with today as much as back then when Jesus related this parable 2,000 years ago. The reality that once we know we have the assurance of salvation and God’s renewed mercy every morning, we tend to slip back into our old ways and become Pharisees in our self righteousness and ways.

I hope I’m an exception and you feel like I’m weird but in reality, this is what the Lord has spoken and reminded us of. He wants us to remember that we are not special because of anything we did, because of the holy lives we lead, because of our good works and deeds, because of our charitable giving or hospitality, but that we are mere sinners saved by grace like the 1st servant in the passage above. And when we realize what we are and what God has done for us, we will change our attitude to difficult people and situations because we will then realize that these people are as special to the Lord as us. It sounds like me preaching but this reminder is loud in my head and I hope in yours too?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

PS: Sorry for the break I took yesterday. It was my daughter’s 2nd birthday and I got busy with chores 😦