Never ask a Christian

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Wednesday, October 22, 2014
1 John 3:17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?

I heard it said, Christians are the worst people to ask for anything, especially if you have a real need. There seems to be a tendency in the Church that  we only look after ourselves and nothing more than this can be expected of us. When one looks at the Muslim community for example, I suppose the same principles apply, however, I have personally had experience and seen how they help one another without question. Should we not act better than they do?

We have so many people around us that have special needs and thank the Lord that He gets whatever people need to them, but I think it would be so much easier if the Body of Christ simply acted on the word and gave out of their love for their Savior and this without being prompted by anyone to do so. Is this not our reasonable act of worship? Some folks just cannot be approached, they simply cannot handle it when you ask they for help, others, don't know how to give and use all sorts of excuses why they cannot and then there are those who say they will pray about it, and of course, one cannot fault this, but pray about what, when the word of God tells us to do help where we can. This was a principle that Jesus taught when we walked on the face of the earth some 2000 years ago. Thank God for those who do give, the unselfish acts of love, the givers, those who love Christ and give out of His abundance, however, they are in the minority.

Statistically, not more than 20% can truly say they are "Givers", in the true sense of the word. Those who give are in the minority and yet it they are the ones who walk in true obedience to the word. Someone said, if they had, they would give, but I say, if we cannot give out of our nothing, we will never give out of what we do have. Learn to give as unto the Lord and see how God will increase the seed in your barn. 

Andi and I have learnt to give and always out of our best. We have seen God teach us from an earlier time in our walk with Him, how to give without expecting anything in return. We have so many testimonies of how people were blessed because of these unselfish acts of love. We have learnt to remain tuned into the leading of the Holy Spirit, but have also learnt to understand, if we see a need and can meet it, then we do not need to be prompted to do so, we just do it!

Jesus was never prompted to love, He just loved, because this is who He is. He felt compassion for the poor and reached out to everyone around Him and beyond because this is what He did. Today, we see many people reach out to others in love by doing the same thing as Jesus did, but the sad truth is, they are not in the majority.

Friends, we cannot not allow ourselves to be extensions of Christ, we are compelled through His love to reach out and meet every need, and this because of our love for our Father. I challenge you the reader to reach out and meet a need today, not because of the reward we might seek, but out of a pure heart and a genuine love for our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let me leave you with this, let us not be offended if we are asked to give either, our motives must always be to honor the One who has given us the ability to sow seed and we do this by giving out of our abundance in honor of Him who gave us eternal life...

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those we are sent to.

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...