December 29, 2019 by Kgalalelo
Today is the last Sunday of 2019, a day that will never come again. I am filled with gratitude for the year that is passing, it was a good year. We all need to make up our minds and declare every year that comes a good year and once we’ve done that, to start counting our blessings every single day.
It doesn’t mean that the new year will be challenge free, however, Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”. If we remember this scripture whenever something happens to us, we would have peace knowing that God will change things around that we may thank Him more. So, problems are not, if we don’t declare them to be, instead look for the good in every experience. There’s always benefit in everything, it could be that it was time for you to grow and develop a certain character necessary for a divine purpose, hence the challenge.
Anyhow, I took a walk to a nearby restaurant to buy a light meal at lunchtime a few days ago while at work. I had stashed a R50 and R10 note in my pocket avoiding taking a wallet and walking through the busy city centre during the Christmas holidays. I was wearing stretchy pants with a tiny front pocket so had to fold the notes in such a way that they could all fit in that small opening and inserted my office keys as well in there.
When I reached the café and took out the money from the pocket, the R10 note was torn all the way up because of the keys that were pressing it down in the pocket. When my turn came for me to order, I handed the money to the cashier, my bill was R55 and when she looked at the torn note, she did not accept it. I tried to reason with her that the value was still the same and perhaps she could use some tape to put it together, however, she explained that customers didn’t prefer money that was ripped for change.
I was hungry and the only thing I could do was to change my order but surprisingly the cashier said to me, ‘don’t worry I will pay the rest, you can keep the ten rand’. She gave the meal for R50 and covered the remaining R5 and placed the order. I thanked her for her kindness as I moved out of the line to wait for my order number to be called.
I knew that the restaurant would be quick as it was a fast food joint and while waiting, I praised the Lord in my heart for a discounted meal. This had never happened to me before but then again, I remembered that I had done the same for some people. There was a time I paid the parking ticket for someone because they didn’t have enough coins, given something of myself that someone else needed or helped someone in need.
These were small things but meant something to whoever I blessed. At that time, I only tried to assist those in need and this time, it was me who needed the same kind of help.
I took all of these acts in my head and thanked the Lord over again that my deposits were paying off just when I needed a helping hand. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”. Indeed, you can’t reap if you did not plant. Whatever we give is a seed that grows and we reap in the moment of need.
I could have turned back without anything to eat or settled for something I did not want, but God’s grace was displayed right there and heaven repaid my acts of kindness to others.
When you give to others, think of it as making a deposit into the bank of heaven where you would withdraw that which you have put in when the time is right. It is not often that the people you have helped in life would return the favour, however, God knows the time and place when your gift of kindness would come handy.
I didn’t even ask the cashier for her name or could see a name badge as the restaurant was very busy, however, I will never forget what she did for me and pray that someday when she needs it, God would do her good. She made a deposit knowingly or unknowingly into the bank of heaven because it is not people who recompense us as such but God Himself. What we do for others, we do for Him. Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40).
Your reward might not even come in this life time but someday when you meet the Lord. The Bible says in Matthew 25:34-36 about Jesus, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 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, 36 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.’
Someone might see that act of kindness I received as a small thing but to me, it meant a lot. Luke 6:38 also says, “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” These are principles that some of us do not fully understand but if we make a commitment to practice them even though we don’t grasp, the fruits of our actions will pay off.
Don’t go looking around for someone to do something for you as you might get disappointed, but when you really need it, favour will come unexpectedly in your life.
It will amaze you as it shows up at places you never thought about and in a manner that you could have never expected. God’s goodness is unlimited and He answers always in ways that we can never think of.
Our deposits also take many forms, it could be helping someone with money, giving your valuables and intangibles such as time, love, compassion; whatever it is, every deposit is rewarded. Proverbs 11:25 also says, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed”.
When you do good for others, goodness will surely follow you all the days of your life.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. he Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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