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Jesus The Mystery Man – Episode 7

In previous posts on the episode series of Who Was Jesus, Really? We discussed the development stages of Jesus’ life. We discussed in the last episode, how Jesus Christ performed his first miracle by turning water to wine at a wedding party. Then, he was a boy but now, a man!

Jesus took his ministry to the mainstream after he had performed his first miracle. (Hope you’ve been enjoying the series?)

Going forward, we will address Jesus as a man in a full-flesh of his ministry. So, let’s begin by discussing a vital aspect of his ministry – The prayer life of Jesus!

(Remember, this episode series run is being adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? – Book One. Consider to get your copy here!)

Our Lord’s Prayer

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had the habit of performing miracles and doing good things for people; but that’s not all we can learn about him. He also had a very strong prayer life!

Jesus had the habit of getting withdraw from his busy life to pray on the mountain. He even sometimes sneaked out at night (while his disciples were sleeping) to have a good quiet time with God on the mountain.  (Quiet time means a prayer time).

Yeah, of course, Jesus’ disciples weren’t stupid! They realized their master was busy praying while they were busy sleeping, so they decided to do something about it.😇

The disciples knew their master-Jesus often sneaked to pray in a quiet place, so they were also ready to make the best of their discovery! The disciples did something very important. C’mon keep reading and let’s find out…✌️

Who were the disciples of Jesus Christ? Do you still remember their names? (You may want to check that episode here).

Jesus’ disciples (Peter, James, John, Matthew, Bartholomew, and others) knew the secret of their master’s success. They knew he has so much power and authority because of his strong prayer life!

Guess what? 🤔 Those disciples wanted to be like Jesus. They asked him to teach them how to pray. Can you blame them? (I wouldn’t blame them either 😀 ).

You can imagine the disciples indirectly asking “Master, tell us the secret of your power!”

Of course, Jesus didn’t hesitate to share the power-engine with his followers. He taught them how to pray!

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Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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