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God or Me?

November 28, 2016

After viewing pictures and reading articles of people boasting of feeding the homeless would make some ask the question: ‘was this about God or the person’? Are we exploiting the less fortunate to enhance our own glory? Whether feeding the homeless, giving coats or assisting others, should be God glory and not ours. Loving and taking care of people is two of the purposes God placed us upon this earth. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves. It is the gift of God-not by work, lest any man can boast”. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

It appears, every kind deed have to be posted on social media. God does not need pictures to remind Him of our good deeds. I don’t want people to do anything for me, when they have to post it on social media. People are already at their lowest when they have to stand in line and ask for help. For people to come in and pretend they care about them only to exploit their situation and post it on social media is adding insult to their already deperate situation. Are our deeds really about God or us? Whatever we do, do it to God and not to men. “But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. So that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you”. (Matthew 6:3-4)

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Have we become so selfish that we are willing to exploit others for our own personal gain? Each of us may be only one paycheck from waiting on someone to assist us in our time of need, while snapping our picture and blasting us on social media. Everything is not about us. The Pharisees wanted to remind God of how righteous they were in keeping the law. “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers. I fast twice a week and pay tithes of everything I possess.” (Luke 18:11-12)

When Jesus fed the 5,000 men and children, did He tell His disciples to snap pictures so He could get a pat on the back for feeding the hungry? In the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus fed the crowd with Spiritual and physical food. Jesus knew that “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”. (Matthew 4:4) We were placed upon this earth to do the will of our Father and to “love your neighbor as thyself”. (Mark 12:31)

Prayer: Father, forgive us of our sins and our transgressions. Let our service be unto You and not of ourselves. We know that self is corrupt. “Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer”. (Psalm 19:14) Amen

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