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Pandemic Perspective – Part 29 Being a Blessing part 1

Galatians 6:7-10

7 “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith”.

In Galatians 6:9 God reveals the secret to a successful and blessed life, don’t be selfish with your service but seek opportunities to lavish God’s love on others. The world tells us that getting ahead involves investing in self not service, that happiness comes through having not helping. But the Word reminds us that if we want a harvest we need to hand out not hold onto. Investing our lives starts not with saving but with:    

  • SOWING

If you want to partake in the blessings you have to plant. There will never be a harvest if you hoard the seed, so scripture calls us to sow the seeds not leave them in a bag in the barn. This is more than just a call to plant seeds, if we want to be successful, we need to be planting specific seeds. In the previous chapter Paul pointed out the difference between a lust based life and one of love as he listing out 15 different kinds of foul sinful behaviors and 9 fruitful ones. So, let me ask you what seeds are you sowing? If we want to experience success, then we need to stop sowing sinful seeds and start sowing the seeds of the Spirit. You can’t sow to the flesh and reap fulfilling fruit. Today there are many who are mocking God, they want to sow seeds of destruction and demand that God bless them or at least bail them out. But you can’t fool or force the Father into blessing you, blessing is not based on your wants but on His Will. I wonder what our world would be like if we sowed seeds of kindness in keeping with the fruit of the Spirit? In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus sums up the scriptures in two statements, love God with all of your life and love others like you love yourself. So, what would happen if we submitted to God’s formula for success and sowed seeds of life? What would happen in our homes and in the hearts of our neighbors, in our workplaces and world? How would life be different if we would participate in planting and make it a point to brighten somebody else’s day? We need the ministry mindset of who can I serve by sowing, who can I bless? You see we were born again to be a blessing, saved to serve. Opportunities are everywhere if we would be willing to just seek them out and sow. Do you paying attention and looking for opportunities to plant or are you letting opportunities to sow slip by? Are you a proactive planter or a procrastinating planter? If sowing leads to success, then why don’t we do this more often? Selfishness, in my life is the greatest enemy to sowing. If we want to be successful, then we need to live our lives like the Savior which means living to love. Who can you bless today?


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Pandemic Perspective – Part 28 Kindness part 4

2 Timothy 1:15-18

You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus,because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.

Not only is kindness sensitive, supportive, sacrificial and searching but the last characteristic of kindness is one we don’t often think about:

  • Storing 

Onesiphorus lived up to his name, which means “bringing profit.” He was kind to a man who was unable to repay him. But notice what Paul prays for: “May the Lord show special kindness to Onesiphorus and all his family.” Here is a powerful reminder when it comes to kindness, the Lord is watching and while it may not benefit us in this world we will be blessed in the next. Its what the Bible calls storing up treasures in heaven. So, let me ask you where are you investing your time and talents? Are you investing them in yourself and making short term investments here or are you sharing them and storing up treasures in heaven? How do you know look at your calendar and bank account, where you spend your time and treasure. If we would open up our eyes to those around us we would see that there are many people held back by the chains and the pains of this life. But kindness can cut through the chains of loneliness, abandonment, and anger. You see kindness refreshes relationships and kindness kindles the flame of friendship. Kindness is not just a principle but something we need to put into practice. We need to examine our response to others in the light of love. If negative attitudes quickly surface, if glaring character defects always loom up before us, let’s ask God to help us see others through eyes of love. Love sees faults through a telescope, not a microscope. Remember, more people have been attracted to Christianity by a believer’s kindness that through zeal, eloquence or learning combined. Mark Twain said, “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can see.” Onesiphorus lived up to his name, which means “bringing profit.” So let me end by sharing a few keys to kindness that have been helpful to me:

1. Try to visualize every person you meet as valuable beyond measure and loved by God.

2. Try to visualize yourself as a transformed person who is in the process of developing the attitudes and actions of true love, including being clothed with kindness.

3. And try to be keenly aware of every opportunity to express kindness in action and in word – at home, at school, at work, and everywhere you go.

4. Be on an adventure of spreading love through kindness.

What if you made it your goal to do one kind thing every day, how would the world around you be different?