B Moments, good deed

Your Good Deed Will Lead You There

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

Transcription:

Today I am thinking about when you’re unsure of where your good deed will lead.

When I turn to the Scriptures, I’m reminded of the good deed Esther’s cousin Mordecai did on behalf of the king. One day, Mordecai overheard two eunuchs plotting the assassination of the king. He told Queen Esther of their plot, and she passed the information along to the king.

The king did an extensive investigation and found that what Mordecai had said was true; there really was a plot on his life. Esther told the king that Mordecai was the one responsible for uncovering the assassination plot, yet Mordecai’s good deed was not acknowledged at the time.

Oddly enough, shortly thereafter there was a plot to have Mordecai killed. Yet as God would have it, the night before Mordecai was to be executed, the king realized that he had still not done anything for Mordecai, who had saved his life. So, Mordecai’s good deed was not only rewarded, but it was rewarded at the most appropriate time.

Sometimes, we do a good deed and don’t see a return, but we need to remember that God always sees what we do and that our good deeds bring us even closer to Him. As you think about how God is working through you and in your life, hold onto these words: “…for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 (ESV)

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So today, remember where your good deed leads.

B Moments, your path

Remember Those God Has Put on Your Path

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

Transcription:

Today, I am far away from the studio as I am attending a retreat on the beach. The sound you hear behind me is God’s beautiful waves.

Today, I am asking a question: do you see who God has put on your path?

In this series, we’re focusing on those things that Christ really wants us to remember. First, we know that he wants us to remember him and to remember that he is always there to meet our needs. Second, he wants us to remember each other.

As I think about this, I am reminded of the story of the Good Samaritan. In the story, a man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road.

Some time after, a priest saw the beaten man and, rather than rushing to the man’s aid, chose to ignore him and cross to the other side of the street. During this time, there were cleansing rituals for those who were hurt, so it was possible the priest didn’t want to take the time to complete the cleansing rituals as it would inconvenience himself.

Next, a Levite came along. Levites held an impressive religious and political standing in the community. Although the Levite saw the injured man, he too chose to ignore him.

Unexpectedly, it was a Samaritan who showed the man compassion. The Samaritan man poured oil and wine into the injured man’s wounds and took him into an inn, paying his lodging fee. He even told the innkeeper that he would pay more if needed.

So I’m asking you, who has God put on your path? Is there someone in need God really wants you to see and help? As you think about that, remember these words: “When you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 (NLT)

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So today, remember those God has put on your path.

B Moments, please

Your Act of Kindness Pleases God

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how our acts of kindness are pleasing to God.

Recently, we talked about all of the ways Jesus can reveal himself through others that we might miss. Here’s a beautiful story about how Rebekah didn’t miss it when a servant approached her.

As the story goes, Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant loaded up ten camels with all sorts of gifts for this future wife.

Yet when the servant reached Rebekah’s town, he was exhausted. He was thirsty and hungry, and his camels were thirsty as well. Thankfully, Rebekah not only provided water for the servant, but she also offered to provide water for all ten of his camels.

Rebekah did not know the servant from Adam. She did not wonder whether she should be kind to him based on his merit.

Instead, Rebekah just acted in the moment. She capitalized on a situation where God could have been revealing Himself to her through a perfect stranger, and she responded in the right way, extending an act of love and kindness. When we behave like that, it is pleasing to God.

As we think about the next person that we are going to extend an act of love and kindness to, let us cling to these words: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 (ESV)

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So today, please God by being kind to someone else.

B Moments, unknown

Don’t Let the Unknown Hold You Back

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

Today, I am thinking about not letting the unknown hold us back.

I recently heard a modern day Good Samaritan story. If you didn’t hear the story, a young woman ran out of gas and was approached by a homeless veteran. He told her to get back into her car and lock the doors. Moments later, he reappeared with a gas can to put gas in her car.

This homeless man used his only 20 dollars to purchase her gas, and he didn’t ask for anything in exchange. He chose to step into the unknown rather than let the unknown hold him back.

This woman was so moved by his compassion toward her that she wanted to reciprocate. She started raising money for him online with the goal of providing him with living expenses for at least the next six months as well as a reliable car. To date, she has raised more than 300,000 dollars for this homeless man.

From this story, we know that a homeless man stepped into the unknown by giving away his only 20 dollars. We also see that God not only showed up, but showed out for this man.

This story reminds me of what Jesus told us about the birds: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, or reap, or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

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So today, put your hand into God’s and step into the unknown.

B Moments, kindness

Your Acts of Kindness Are Not Unnoticed

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how God sees it all.

I had this thought as I was reading in the book of Acts about a Roman officer named Cornelius. Cornelius was a devout man of God, and he led his household in a devout way, too. He gave generously to the poor and to charities, and he worshiped God regularly.

One afternoon, an angel of God appeared before him and said, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed.”

To put this in context, Cornelius was a Gentile, so the Jewish leaders and Jewish people of the day considered him impure. In other words, God saw Cornelius as a devout man, but society saw him as impure.

Oftentimes, it’s easier to extend acts of kindness to others under good conditions. Imagine the conditions that Cornelius was living under, particularly how society viewed him, yet he was still able to extend kindness to the underprivileged.

So today, I want to remind you that God sees your acts of kindness, especially those in places where it’s not so easy to be kind.

Just as I am reminding you that your acts of kindness aren’t going unnoticed, let me inspire you to do the same for another and, while doing so, let us cling to these words: “For the Lord sees not as man sees…but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

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So today, let those around you know that their acts of kindness are not going unnoticed.

B Moments, mercy

Always Show Others Mercy and Compassion

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how Jesus expects us to show mercy to one another.

Recently, we sent an inspiring message to our brothers and sisters in Texas who recently endured Hurricane Harvey and its grueling aftermath. We also have been watching the scenes on TV, observing everyday people helping one another. In fact, very little seems to divide us in times of tragedy.

However, Jesus teaches us that we don’t have to wait for a time of tragedy to show compassion and mercy to our brothers and sisters. This is seen particularly clearly in Jesus’ illustration of the Samaritan man.

In the story, a Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by a group of bandits. They stripped him of his money and his clothes, beat him badly, and left him for dead on the side of the road.

A Jewish priest came along, saw his injured form, and crossed over to the other side of the road. Shortly thereafter, a temple assistant walked over, looked down at the man, and then went on his way.

After some time, a Samaritan man came along, knelt down beside the injured man, soothed his wounds with medicine, bandaged him up, and paid for him to stay at an inn where he could heal even further.

When Jesus finished telling this story to a man he was teaching, he asked him which of the three men had been a neighbor to the man in need. The student quickly answered that it was the one who had shown him mercy. Jesus replied that he was correct and asked him to go out into the world and do the same.

As we’re thinking about our fellow brothers and sisters, let us cling to these words: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (ESV)

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So today, take a moment to show a little more mercy and compassion.

B Moments, ill intentions

Rather Than Cutting Others Out, Enlighten Them!

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 14:1-2 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about how we can cut off people with ill intentions.

Earlier this week I talked about how Jesus fed the 5,000 and how, the following morning, many of those same people came back to be fed by Jesus again. Initially, they couldn’t find him, but when they did, he had an interesting message.

Jesus told them that the only reason they wanted to be with him was because he fed them—not because of who he was. He told them that they shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food, but should instead spend their energy seeking eternal life through God.

I thought this was very interesting because sometimes the moment we sense a person’s intentions are not pure, our first inclination is to cut them off, or to distance ourselves from them. For instance, we may know that a person is just in our company for what we have or what they think we can do for them, so we try to avoid that person.

However, Jesus teaches us not to be so quick to release these people. Even though Jesus knew why they showed up in great numbers the next day (likely to be fed like he had fed them the day before), Jesus’ purpose was to teach them about eternal bread. He was able to rise above their shortsightedness and ill intentions to fulfill God’s assignment. Jesus actually ended up helping those people understand God’s glory, despite their initial ill intentions.

The next time we’re inclined to cut a person loose, let us be reminded of these words: “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions…It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:1-4 (ESV)

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So today, let’s make sure God gets the glory before we sever ties with another.

B Moments, sacrifice

You Will Be Rewarded for Your Sacrifice

This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Philippians 2:3-4 (ESVUK)

Today, I am thinking about the rewards for our little sacrifices.

My son is graduating from high school this year, and it’s prompting me to think back over his life from grade school to high school.

I can remember these long stretches of time when it seemed like there were no days off because my husband and I weren’t ever able to sleep in. It was seven days a week of getting up early.

The five days of the work week had early mornings because everyone had to get to work and school. Then on Saturdays, my boys played sports, so it seemed like we had to get up early every Saturday morning to either get them to practice or to a game. Then, of course, we get up early on Sundays to go to church.

All of this hustle and bustle made it so that there was a long period of time where I was unable to sleep in. For me, that is a huge personal sacrifice.

I also recall my husband sharing one of his stories about growing up in Detroit with his grandmother. He said that on winter mornings, his grandma would get up extra early to put his socks on the bottom rack of the oven. That way, his feet would remain warm as he walked to the school bus.

There are so many little sacrifices that we make for others that they may not even know about. God, however, sees it all. So although we may not be thinking about a reward at the time, remember that God knows what we have done to help others.

Please let me share this scripture with you all that shows how He expects us to interact with others:: “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)

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So today, if others miss your little sacrifices, know that God sees them all.

How Can I Judge Someone’s Heart?

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This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

 Today, I am reflecting on the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” As I reflect on this I recall the story of “The Good Samaritan.” According to the story, there’s a man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. He is attacked by robbers, and is left for dead on the side of the road.

Some time after, a priest saw the beaten man.  Rather than rush to the man’s aid, the priest chose to ignore him and crossed to the other side of the street.

During this time, there were cleansing rituals that a priest had to perform before he could enter the Temple. So, if this man had died, or if his body was bloodied, perhaps the priest didn’t want to take the extra time to perform these cleansing rituals.  In other words, maybe he didn’t want to be inconvenienced or delayed.

Shortly thereafter, a Levite appeared on the scene.  Levites held a religious and political standing in the community. One might assume or make a simple judgment given a Levite’s role in society that he would come to the man’s aid.  However, the Levite, too, chose to ignore the man lying on the side of the road.

Unexpectedly, it was the Samaritan, the one who is looked down upon in society who ultimately showed this perfect stranger compassion. He poured oil and wine into his wounds, took him to an inn, and paid his lodging fee.  He also told the innkeeper that he would pay more if needed.

In society, we place emphasis on titles but God places emphasis on the heart.

The Words  that remind me of this are, “For the Lord sees not as man sees. Man looks on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

Tomorrow, let’s talk about self-care. Please share this reflection, because others desire to be inspired.

So today, let’s stay out of the business of judging others, because no one knows another’s heart like God.

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