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JESUS THE MYSTERY BABY – Episode-2

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A Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? By James Taiwo.

In our previous post, we discussed the miraculous birth of Jesus – a mystery baby whose birth was prophesied years before he came, and of how he was born of the virgin mother Mary but brought up by his foster father, Joseph. But we are yet to learn of his unique and exemplary life.

When Jesus was born, he developed a very special love for the things of God even more than his parents, and this was demonstrated during the annual Passover festival of the Jews. Joseph and Mary, like other Israelites took Jesus to the temple at Jerusalem to celebrate and worship God. They listened for days to the priests about the laws of God and his plan for his people. After the Passover, Jesus’ parents began their journey back to their homes and had spent about three days on transit before they discovered Jesus was missing (traveling between cities in those days took days).

Imagine! Now they had to make a U-turn back to Jerusalem. They were worried and began searching the entire city for Jesus, but they didn’t have to comb for long until they found him in the temple. But what was the young 12-year old Jesus doing in the temple?

When they entered the temple, they were surprised to see a crowd had gathered around the wonder child – Jesus. There he was, asking intelligent and insightful questions about the ways of God from the temple leaders.

People around learned from Jesus’ questions and were astonished as to how such a young boy could know so much about God.

His parents, even though, proud of their son accosted him for having made them worry. What he said was more astonishing. “Don’t you know I would go about my father’s business,” Baby – Jesus said.

He was letting them know that his life would soon take a turn that they might not enjoy. He would dedicate his entire life for the things of God. He had a prophecy to fulfill.

The bible recorded that his father was marveled at those words, and his mother took it to heart. They knew it was a fulfillment of an angel’s prophesy, and what the scriptures have said about the Messiah. So what else did Jesus

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

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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