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JESUS THE MYSTERY MAN – Episode 5

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This Bible story series run about the life of Jesus Christ was adapted from the book Who Was Jesus, Really? (Book 1,2,3) By James Taiwo.

Jesus Chooses His Disciples

Our previous post discussed Jesus’ preparation to fulfill his ministry purpose and how Satan tried to derail him from the mission. 

Satan tempted Jesus with different tricks with the hope that he might get confused and miss his purpose, but the enemy lost! 

In the previous post, we also identified the clues that made Jesus prevail over Satan. 

In this post, we are going to discuss the events of how Jesus was able to gather twelve men that he needed for his ministry. 

(You can read the full story in the Bible- Mark 1)

The twelve men were also called the apostles. (Apostle – meaning one who is sent away).

It wasn’t news that Jesus is the Messiah, promised by God through the prophets. John the Baptist had proclaimed this fact to everyone who would listen, but few people had listened so far. 

Jesus, while going around doing good, preaching the word of God and healing people, he refused to brag about the fact that he is the Son of God. Yes, you can call it humility, but that didn’t stop him from calling out to the people who will tell others – The disciples, which are also called apostles! 

Perhaps what was more surprising is not the way Jesus called his disciples, but rather at the odd times, he did it. 

The Book One of “Who Was Jesus, Really?” in its fourth chapter shows that Jesus was walking one day along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the lake because they were fishermen. 

Jesus was excited, and he said, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men!” Without delay, they left their nets and ran to meet Jesus. 

As they went a little farther, they saw the sons of Zebedee in a boat with their father, cleaning their nets and about to go for the next night of fishing. 

Jesus quickly called them to follow him, and they happily left their father, Zebedee, with the servants and followed Jesus. He told them they wouldn’t be looking

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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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