Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I got to minister to a man at a Petrol (Gas) station today who came from the Congo. I normally never stop there to have my car washed, but today while waiting for my car, I overheard one of the attendants say, "Money buys everything and you cannot live without it". I said, excuse me sir, that is not entirely true and a strange silence melted their faces as they waited for me to explain. I knew this was a God moment, and said, "All you need is Jesus friend, for He faithfully provides for those who diligently seek Him. He is the All sufficient One! Their faces lit up as I began to share how the Lord provided for me on many of my mission trips into the poorest countries in Africa and Asia and how I went without a single dollar in my pocket, yet God made it possible for me to do what I was sent to do. Every time I was sent, our heavenly Father provided in ways that I could not have imagined before I left.
The young man servicing my car took me aside for a moment told me how he had come from the Congo and that his entire family had died as a result of a volcano eruption and how he arrived in Cape Town without a single cent. As he was a born-again believer, he managed to find a local church who allowed him to stay for six months. One day the pastor came up to him and told him that he had to leave. Isaac protested for a moment and asked the pastor where he was supposed to go to as he had no money, at which the pastor shrugged his shoulders and said that there was nothing he could do about it as his building was a place of worship and not a boarding house. This young man was devastated at that moment, but went on to tell me how he prayed and how the Lord answered by sending a friend who offered to help with a place to stay until he was on his feet.
Today, the Lord has provided Isaac with a good job in a stable environment and he is no longer a thin guy, dependent on the people, the church or even the local pastor for that matter and according to his employer, he is a great reliable worker. Tears weld up in my eyes as listen to his story and I told him that Jesus had experienced the same thing while He was on earth. The religious wanted nothing to do with Him and even though they had everything they needed and the means to tend to everyone of His needs, they choose to have nothing to do with Him. Isaac went on to tell me how he visited the same church where he was thrown out of and when the saw how good he looked, all of a sudden they wanted to be around him and wanted to welcome him back into the fold.
I just shook my head as I listened to a story that I have heard so many times before. No wonder there are so many who refuse to visit our churches because of the way they have been treated, I thought. But at the very moment, the Lord told me to tell Isaac not to focus on the negative and gave thanks for all the Lord has done in his life. As the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, I told him to continue to look to Jesus and then proceeded to give him a word of encouragement. I said my dear friend, "God will this day cause you to be a source and a symbol of His blessing" and he began to laugh. He said, "Sir, please wait here" and ran off grabbed one of his colleagues and came back and said to me, "This guy (Referring to his friend), told me that a man of God would come to me and give me a word from the Lord and here you are". I immediately saw how the Lord had orchestrated this moment for His glory.
We stood rejoicing in the car park at the goodness of Jesus and for the way in which He showed the kindness of His heart to this young man. I encouraged Isaac to continue pursuing the heart of God and placed some cash in his pocket and told him to sow this seed forward as an activation of the prophetic word. I told him to be a blessing to someone else today and to allow the Holy Spirit to heal his heart and to live his life in honor of the God he serves.
As you read this, I want to encourage you not to live for yourself but rather be a blessing to everyone around you. Live your life in such a way that everything you do becomes an integral part of your worship. You to might have a similar story to tell, nevertheless, do not live in the past, rather choose to forgive those who have sinned against you and be the symbol and source of blessing you have been called you to be, this way you honor our heavenly Father. Friend, you just CANNOT out give God and today as you remain faithful in all that you do, you will soon realize it is not about your money or your ability, but it is and always will be about Jesus.
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