"Jesus replied, This is the work [service] that God asks of you: that you believe in the One whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on & have faith in His Messenger]. [Amplified Bible] I was asked by one of the brother in Christ,"why are people who worship idols in the World prospering in the material aspect of life? Why God does not seem to take away my pile of Debts since we are prince of the World? "No it's Not true, I..." before I can even start, the same reply comes, "It's only you Godwyn you are blessed...Not me..."
Do you believe what was said in John 6:29? "Yes... then rely, have faith & trust Jesus!" "Till I am bankrupt? Is that till then God will come & save me?" said the brother. Hard words, sensitive issues & complex answer..."I believe & rely on Jesus, as I know blessings are not from our World we live, it is super-natural, that is why it is called Miracle & Blessing. I truly believe "I do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you for on Him the Father, God has set His seal." John [NASB] Amen?!
Do you like it when people label you before they know you? We often applied the label before we looked inside of many...some examples
"Hmnn you are an accountant.." [Label: - Boring people who knows numbers few words]
" So you are in Sales..." [Label: - Compulsive liars made up of all the sales executives]
"Oh you are in real estate work..." [Label: - One of those disgusting housing agent]
Labels. So convenient. Stick them on a person, & you know what pantry to use. What if God did that with us? What if God judged us by our outward appearance? What if He judged us based on where we grew up? Or what we do for a living? Or mistakes we made when we were young? He wouldn't do that, would he?
John tells us a time the disciples applied a label. Jesus & his followers came upon a man who had been blind from birth. Here the questions the disciples asked Jesus: "Teacher, whose sin caused this man to be born blind - his own sin or his parents' sin?"
How can they be so harsh? So insensitive? The answer? It's easier to talk about a person than to help a person. It's easier to debate homosexuality than to be a friend to a gay friend. It's easier to discuss divorce than to help the divorced. It's easier to argue abortion than to support an orphanage. It's easier to complain about the welfare system than to help the poor. It's easier to label than to love. It's especially easy to talk theology. Such discussions make us feel righteous. Self-righteous!
Who do you best relate to in this story? Some of you relate to the man born blind. You have been the topic of conversation. You have been left on the outside looking in. You've been labeled. If so, learn what this man learned: When everyone else rejects you, Christ accepts you. When everyone else leaves you, Christ finds you. When no one else wants you, christ claims you. When no one else wise will give you the time of the day, Jesus will give you the words of eternity.
Others of you will relate to the observers. You've judged. You've labeled. You've slammed the gavel & proclaimed the guilt before know the facts. If that is you, go back to John 9:4 & understand what the work of God is "We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work."
What is the work of God? Accepting People. Loving people before judgment. Caring before condemning! Look Before you Label.