Times of Prayer
The southern hemisphere is slowly moving towards it colder winter weather. However, we who live in Durban never really experience extremely cold days but when the thermometer drops a little lower that normal we tend to complain. Standing under the warm shower in the morning I was reminded about the graciousness of our God and my thoughts went quickly to those less fortunate than me, very especially a poorer community in a low cost housing section we minister in.
After our time of ministry we provide a meal for the local community which is mostly made up of orphans and single parents. We also provide sandwiches for the nearby school which the children attend. Owing to our resources being limited we through the wisdom of God can provide a wholesome nutritional meal for approximately one hundred and twenty children including adults for one hundred and fifty rand (R150, the equivalent of twenty five dollars or twenty pounds). The thing that amazes me the most is the reverence and gratitude in which it is received. I have never heard anyone complain nor refuse that which is provided. There are times when funds are not sufficient and the meal may just consist of soup and bread but it is also received with the same reverence and thankfulness.
I therefore ask myself, why do I want more of Christ? So that the more of Him I receive is the more of Him I can pour out. Why do I need more money? The more resources I receive the more I can distribute. Why do I need more cars or buildings? Do I want to bless those in the faith that do not have?
Acts 2:44-47 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
I pray that the sense of community and commonism, if there is such a word will return to the Body of Christ. We will move from yours and mine and to His. There will be no spirit of competition but oneness to compliment and complete each other. Do away with childish talk like fastest growing church or best selling book. Take our names out of ministries so that His Name is glorified and for Christ to be fully formed in all of us.
The lady with the alabaster box of ointment did not count the cost of pouring the expensive perfume on the Body of Jesus, nor did the little boy hold back the five loaves and two fish for the purpose of distribution.