Value the help you get

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Colos­sians 4 vs 1

“Mas­ters, give your bond­ser­vants what is just and fair, know­ing that you also have a Mas­ter in heaven.”

We live in a coun­try where we are es­pe­cially for­tu­nate to have house help; peo­ple who as­sist with clean­ing, baby-sit­ting and gen­er­ally be­ing there to help make our day-to-day lives eas­ier.

These un­sung he­roes of our lives help in some way to make our cir­cum­stances bet­ter. Just the other day I needed to sort out a wa­ter prob­lem at my house, I felt so help­less without the guy who as­sists me at my house. The minute he came on to the scene, all was well and the wa­ter sys­tem was up and run­ning.

Without him I was out of sorts and grop­ing in the dark. I sup­pose so many of us are in that boat, where our lives have been en­hanced by the peo­ple God has placed in our lives. They are al­ways there in the back­ground qui­etly, but ul­ti­mately look­ing af­ter us.

The bi­ble tells the story of the great Syr­ian gen­eral who was af­flicted with lep­rosy. In his house­hold there was a ser­vant girl from Is­rael. Hav­ing no­ticed her mas­ter’s prob­lem, she told him about a prophet in her home­land who could heal him through the power of God above.

The gen­eral took the girl’s ad­vice and trav­elled to Is­rael. On the in­struc­tion of the prophet, he dipped him­self seven times in the Jor­dan River and his skin was cured, he be­came whole.

We all have dif­fer­ent sto­ries to tell about the peo­ple who help us at our homes but think about it: the lady who is help­ing you to bring up your kids or baby-sits them plays an amaz­ing role, qui­etly do­ing her thing and help­ing you re­duce the stress as­so­ci­ated with par­ent­ing. We all have sto­ries to tell, it could be the lady or gen­tle­man who cleans your house or main­tains your yard, they all play a spe­cial part.

We some­times read that we have an­gels in our midst who are al­ways look­ing af­ter us and shep­herd­ing us. Has it ever crossed your mind that these seem­ingly in­signif­i­cant but spe­cial souls could be more than meets the eye?

As we re­late with those lesser than our­selves, let us re­mem­ber to treat them with com­pas­sion, kind­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion. In your midst could be a Daniel in the mak­ing or bet­ter still, an Es­ther who could one day be­come some­one greater than the per­son you see to­day.

It’s so easy to write peo­ple off and place them in boxes based on our hu­man un­der­stand­ing of is­sues, but God has the fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion of how any­one’s life will pan out. We have all read about “zero to hero” sto­ries.

Let’s treat them prop­erly not be­cause we fear what to­mor­row could hold but be­cause it’s the right thing to do. Let’s take time to be grate­ful and to ap­pre­ci­ate the spe­cial role that they play.

We are all des­tined for the priest hood, where we are all tasked with shar­ing and re­ceiv­ing the gospel. Let’s start our min­istry in our homes with the lesser mor­tals in our midst, you may even be sur­prised that as you be­gin to re­late you may learn a thing or two and that, through their daily prayers for your pro­tec­tion and de­liv­ery, heaven con­tin­ues to look down on you favourably.

Hu­man na­ture some­times makes us look down on peo­ple we deem less than us, we treat them badly or out rightly ig­nore them. You must how­ever re­mem­ber that Je­sus Christ was born in a manger and was brought up to be a trades­man but in this hum­ble role, he changed the world.

God does not look at the of­fice a per­son holds, but rather their heart. God looks at the heart and there­fore the heart of those in your midst may be the dif­fer­ence be­tween God hear­ing your prayers or not. Treat them prop­erly, value them, be fair and place them on the pedestal they deserve.

Without them you would be lost, thank the Lord for them but more im­por­tantly, thank them for the role they play in your life.

Be Blessed

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