By Pastor Oloruntimilehin Joshua Daramola
It is a known fact that inventors are always remembered. Their names will always be mentioned anytime their inventions are subject-matter of any discussion. Therefore, whatever a person does whether good or bad, he or she will not be forgotten.
My concern and advice is that people should always do well because there is reward. Similar-ly, I implore people doing bad to desist from doing bad. Galatians 6:7-10 says: “….Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up…..”
Imagine a member of my ministry came to me and queried why I gave another member gift. As we were discussing the matter, another member mentioned that the person in question deserved the gift because he had touched the lives of some members positively by rendering help to the needies.
For me, I will always acknowledge, recognize and mention people who contribute to the development of the ministry and render help to the less-privileged members of the church.
It is imperative to talk and mention what people do and their positive contributions so that others can learn and emulate them. The Bible says in Acts 9 :6-42 “In Joppa, there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated is Dorcas) who was always doing good and helping the poor.
About that time, she became sick and died; her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them…. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.”
Dorcas was filled with good deed. Many people did not know she was doing good things. As a minister of God, I must mention the people that render help for the widows and less-privileged in the church.
What they have done is automa-tically helping me to make the people they helped to remain in the church. People are created to render help for the needy and they are to be acknowledged and re-cognized. These people are the ones doing well.
My prayer is that they never lack in the name of Jesus. I im-plore parents to teach their child-ren to be helping people, they know, need assistance. Do not teach them to be callous by re-proaching them for rendering help to others.
This is to encourage the child-ren to continue doing good things and rendering help to the needy. Imagine Dorcas was remembered in life and death. She was so compassionate and merciful that she was taking care of the widows in Joppa. So her death was de-vastating to the widows that they started crying, wailing and mourning.
Then they decided to send for Peter to assist them to see if she could be brought back to life. The widows helped to bring about the revival of Dorcas through Peter. Dorcas got her reward for the good things she did for the wi-dows. A person’s can be brought back to life through the people he or she had helped.
Similarly someone would die and people would be thanking God that he or she was no more. Imagine some people would be at home and the home would be quiet and calm as if nobody reside in it. And some people would not be at home, people would be rejoicing and happy that he or she is not at home because the person had not imparted anything good to the lives of the people.
If people do well or bad they will be rewarded accordingly. If parents do well to their children in turn they will take care of their parents. Some people always complain they do not have even when they have little. Such people are known to be stingy. Imagine the poor widow that put in the only two shekel she had as offering Matthew 12:41-44. “But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins worth on a fraction of a penny. but she out her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
The deed of the widow is known and mentioned till this moment. The day a person gives out, it will be mentioned and the reward will come. If a person shows goodness or wickedness to children of another parent the same will be done to the person’s children. So brethren, as long as people live, they will be rewarded and men-tioned for whatever they did both in life and death.
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