Hello everyone 🙋 . It's been a while I posted and I must say that I have missed being on here.
So, as it's Lent season I thought to throw in something I read from the bible.
As I was studying my bible last night, (I am studying the book of Luke) I read something that got me pondering.
When Jesus was telling the people a parable about trees which did not bring good fruits being cut down, (Luke 3:9). the people asked Him what they should do. His response got me thinking and comparing what he said (Vs9-14) to our lives today.
Luke 3: 11-14*
Jesus said if you have two coats, give one to someone who has none. My question now is, how many suits, shoes, bags, perfumes do you own? How many of them did you wear or use last year? How many of these have you given out to those you know genuinely need them?
When the publicans (tax collectors) asked what they should do, He said to them-"Exact (take) no more than which is appointed you". ( Corruption did not start today )
You work in a place or are in a position to receive payments. If the actual bill/payment says £70 but you collect £100 instead, what would you call that? You are misusing the power and position given to you. You may be working as a civil servant or in the private sector. Wherever you work, if you are exacting funds from customers/clients/people who have to deal with you, this is the time for you to sit back and think hard about what you're doing. It's time for you to change your ways.
Lastly, Jesus responded to the soldiers who wanted to know the right thing to do. He told them not to be violent, not to accuse falsely and most importantly, be content with their wages.
Hmm, They all sound simple and straightforward don't you think? Imagine if all could be followed. The world would be a better place. Bribery and corruption will become a thing of the past. Crazy killings would not be on the rise. The wrong people would not be sent to prison or killed due to being accused of wrongly/falsely.
I know in some countries were so many people find it hard to survive, it would be difficult to avoid bribes as some people barely earn enough to survive. If only everyone would work together in love and harmony to make life easier. I am no politician, but if we want any changes, such changes will need to go all the way through in society, From the bottom to the top or vice versa. The end game should be that everyone gets what they should as a citizen of a Nation or country.
How can we change things? For me, I believe it starts with me. One person at a time. I will share what I have with those who don't have, I will not bear false witness. I will not live a life of corruption. I will always be content with what I have.
Remember, “If anyone who knows the good they ought to do and doesn't do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17).
Where would you say you belong from the above? Can we really live a life free of all Jesus has asked? Share your views.
Keep Sparkling and show love to all around you.✨