16 Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
17 learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
– Isaiah 1:16-17 (ESV)
I think we may be lost on the main thing. I think we have lost our way somewhere along the way. I believe that we may have confused the meaning and message of some of the blessings that we receive as believers and how we are to use these blessings to bless others in a mighty way. That’s my opinion on the matter.
The Bible says that we should “return to God” in the words of Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, as he wrote Lamentations. Our wickedness has caused us to become back-sliders and lose sight on the truth behind how blessed we are in His name. God offers us reconciliation and a way back to Him. Upon our return to Him, we must serve him rightly.
The blessings are not for us alone. We are blessed to bless others. The Lord’s words that appear in Acts, as quoted by Paul, say: “And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35, NKJV) Our duty is to help the poor. It is not to say that we have arrived or attained. It is for us to be used as vessels, poured out by the Father and showering blessings upon others, especially the poor.
Have you blessed someone today?
Have you offered someone what you have?
What have you done in the Lord’s name and in the manner of our Lord?
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. – James 2;14-17 (NIV)
Join our effort to assist low-income, at-risk youth gain training, development and mentoring in our community to serve as the leaders of the community in the future. The 200 Club Youth Sponsorship is an effort to support the initial work of Life Path’s Youth-N2-Action program and serves as a grassroots effort to get the work started within San Diego.
Make a charitable donation (June through September): http://200club.chipin.com/200-club-youth-sponsors
Read more about the program: http://ministrymechanic.blogspot.com/2011/05/help-us-help-youth.html