During a time of quietness and meditation, the Holy Spirit gave me a very simple and short, three letter word.
AN OBVIOUS DISTINCTION
It captured a heart cry of mine as I crave an obvious distinction in a particular area of my life and have spent so many years praying about it. So, the moment the word dropped in my heart, I knew God would soon answer my prayers.
However and very quickly, I also perceived the key that will unlock the reality I sought: Consistency and faithfulness in loving God wholeheartedly and extending this love to people.
This message is for you too because you might be at a juncture or a crossroad and wondering, do I just give up on this and let it go. Or, you might be facing strong opposition in the face of loving God and trying to do His will.
If you resonate with this, receive overwhelming peace and strength as you read on.
Luke 7:37-39 NLT | “When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping. Her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them off with her hair. Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!””
You see, this woman didn’t care what anyone thought or had to say about her. Her face was set like a flint, determined to do God’s will. She pressed on, poured her love on Jesus. And today, thousands of years later, we still talk about her outpouring of love.
The Lord told King David, a man after His heart, that he would not build the Temple of the Lord. In response to this, King David went ahead and provided every single resource needed to build the Lord’s house, including encouraging words to his son, King Solomon. There was no stopping this God-lover in his quest to delight His Lord.
1 Chronicles 28:18-20 NLT | “He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord. ” Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly.”
King David was truly remarkable!
Dorcas was known for always doing kind things and helping the poor. One day, she fell ill and later died. The cries of those she helped was strong and relentless. God had to do something.
Acts 9:39-40 NLT | “So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them. But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!”
God raised her back to life so she could continue helping people. Her consistency in helping others was paramount and it led to an extraordinary miracle in her life.
Pour your love on Jesus and keep pouring it. Extend your love to God’s people because you demonstrate love for God by loving people. Plus, never underestimate your gift. Be it a hug, comforting words, encouragement to someone sad or unhappy, seeming small financial gifts, and so on. You might not know but it counts.
Some months back, I was in a critical state. Extreme sickness had drained everything in me. I felt broken beyond belief and just needed a shoulder to lean on even if for just one second.
I picked up the phone and called my Manager in the office to please come over to the house, as she was the only one who knew the extent of what was going on. Immediately she got into the house, she put her arms around me and gave me a hug. That hug meant more to me than someone receiving water in a desert. I felt life. She also brought a bouquet of flowers and chocolate doughnuts. I was so happy. You could feel the joy in the air and hold it in your hands.
To someone else it would probably mean nothing but to me it meant the whole world in that moment and I still remember it today.
So, never underestimate your gifts. Keep on pouring your love on Jesus. Keep on giving to the Lord and others. Keep on loving people. Keep on being there for those who need you. Keep on appreciating those who help you.
It’s as you keep on loving and doing the sometimes inconvenient, that you experience THE OBVIOUS DISTINCTION.
May the Holy Spirit establish us in this truth and guide us to life everlasting in Jesus name. Amen!
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Every Financial Favour Friday offering is a Love Gift to the Holy Spirit.
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