Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Immanuel Labor

According to Mrs. Judy Skinner it is called "Immanuel Labor" - That giving through the pure love of Christ. The kind of giving that transcends capabilities and pushes levels of endurance far past what we think we can achieve.  Seeing others through the eyes of Jesus and loving and caring for them just as He would. 

Today, we were so blessed to be able to build a home for a mother and her three children.  The home they were living in was made out of mud bricks.  It was very tidy, and she had beautiful plants out front. But it wasn't a safe place to live during the rainy season that they are in. So God put us to work to help provide for their needs in a special way. 

We are told in 1 Peter 4:10-11 - God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 

We were able to work hard in many different ways. Some collected rocks to put in the foundation blocks. Others visited with the mother and children and included them in the activities of the day. And many loaded trucks, lifted and set floors and walls. Windows and doors were hung. Paint covered the outside of the house. And just as important was the laughter and love between the team and with the family. 

God gave us a purpose today, and with the  purpose He prepared us physically as well as mentally and spiritually for the task. God will always provide just what you need when He calls you to do His work.  And we were certainly blessed to be able to work hard to honor Him through service to others. 

Acts 20:35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 

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