God Will Pay You For It

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Good morning and welcome to Rich Thoughts for Breakfast.

If you’re discouraged . . . if you’re feeling blue . . . feeling sorry for yourself  . . . then do something for someone else.

Dr. Karl Menninger, a leader in the field of mental health, was once asked, “What would you advise a person to do if he’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown?”

The person asking the questions expected Dr. Menninger to come out with some profound psychological insight. However, he looked his questioner straight in the eye and said:

“Lock up your house, go across the railroad tracks, find someone in need and do something to help that person.”

The thing that will help every believer in the midst of a crisis is to get their eyes off their problem . . .stop talking about it. . .stop rehearsing their hurts and pains. Instead, put your focus on doing good for someone else . . . it works because it is a totally biblical principle.

I feel Ephesians 6:8 is one of the most powerful verses in the Bible. It is the scripture which describes the essence of who I am in Him. The Amplified Bible translation says:

“Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.”

Give of yourself. . .your time and see what you get in return. It will amaze you.

When you give something of great value. . .it moves God.

Day after day I read letters from people who tell me they have nothing to give. They even confess how broke they are . . . which is the worst possible thing they could do.

If you say you have nothing to give, then you’re ignoring your greatest treasure on planet earth . . . your time.

I’ve discovered that many of the people who say they have nothing to give are overlooking the valuable asset of their time.

If you’re unemployed. . .or between jobs. . .what are you doing with your time?

Are you moping around. . .wondering why bad things have happened to you?

Let me give you a revelation. . .if you have a need in your life . . . then turn your need into seed.

Do you need more time to accomplish your job or your goals?

Would you like to have more time with your family? Then sow time into the lives of others.

Hebrews 13:16 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Do not forget or neglect to do kindness and good, to be generous and distribute and contribute to the needy [of the church as embodiment and proof of fellowship], for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Do you want to do something that is pleasing to God? Then do something that costs you something important . . . your time.

The Message Bible translation of Hebrews 13:16 says:

“Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of "sacrifice"—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets.”

The scripture says “…share what you have with others.”

What do you have? Time.

Here are 14 ways in which you can sow your time into the lives of others.

Check out these ideas on you can turn your time into a seed of love for others.

1. Visit the homes of widows in your church . . . clean up around their homes.

2. Clean a neighborhood park or place where children play.

3. Ask your Pastor if you can volunteer to help out around the church.

You may be needed to vacuum the sanctuary. . .wax the floors. . .cut the grass or even clean the toilets.

The first job that Willie George ever had in the church after getting saved was cleaning toilets. He became a servant first and then he became Gospel Bill on Christian TV and Pastor of Church On The Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The question isn’t how you view doing menial jobs as an act of service but rather how God views your attitude about being a blessing to others through your time.

One more thing, if your efforts around the church frees your pastor to study the Word or increase his effectiveness in other areas. . .just think what God is going to do for you.

4. Drive widows or the shut-ins to medical or other appointments.

5. Do the grocery shopping for those who can’t get out.

6. Mow the grass and maintain the landscaping for senior citizens. Rake their leaves in the fall or shovel snow as needed.

7. Change the oil in the vehicles of widows and/or single mothers.

8. Prepare food and/or baked goods for elderly people or those who are shut-in.

9. Visit the sick, the elderly and the lonely. . .in their homes, hospitals or nursing homes.

10. Provide child care for a single mother while she goes grocery shopping or just has a little alone time. Set boundaries on your time. . .do not allow your kindness to be taken advantage of.

11. Write a thank you note to your local fire and/or police department…thanking them for their service. On special holidays. . .bake some cookies and/or a cake to share with these emergency service personnel.

12. Collect household items, toys and other goodies for widows, orphans and those who are enduring temporary financial setbacks. Fix broken toys for children. Gather coats in the fall for distribution to those in need.

13. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or offer to help with other major projects.

14. Use your creativity to think of other ways to turn your time into seed.

The list could go on and on but hopefully you’re getting the idea. Reach beyond yourself to help others. . .by investing your time to bless them.

Matthew 12:35 in the Message Bible says:

“It's your heart, not the dictionary that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. . .”

Galatians 6:9 in the Amplified Bible says:

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God's family with you, the believers].”

Where do you start? Well, this scripture gives you a clear indication of what you should be doing first. Begin investing your time in those who “…belong to God’s family with you.”

One more thing, there is a spiritual dynamic that takes place when you begin helping the widows, orphans and the poor.

Proverbs 19:17 in the New Living Translation says:

“If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!”

When you help the widows, the orphans, poor and elderly . . . you are actually positioning yourself for a reward. . .a harvest of blessings.

When you cut someone’s grass you’re saving them inconvenience and money.

When you change someone’s oil. . .you’re saving them inconvenience and money.

When you run errands for others, you’re saving them inconvenience and money.

When you save someone else money. . .that’s funds they can re-direct somewhere else. By sowing your time to make others more effective stewards of their resources . . . you’ve got to know. . .God is going to do that same thing for you.

The activation of Ephesians 6:8 in your life. . .will change you inside and yes, even your financial destiny.

“Knowing that for whatever good anyone does, he will receive his reward from the Lord, whether he is slave or free.”

Get ready. . .the Lord is about to repay you. . .for what you’ve done for others.