NOT SELLING ANYTHING

Is. 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.

Several years ago a pastor of a large church came to hang out at Feed the Multitudes. After being there for a while he turned to me and asked, “aren’t you selling anything?”. When I told him “no” there was a giant question mark on his face. “You are missing a great opportunity” was the unspoken response written all over him.
Actually we were not missing an opportunity, we were embracing the greatest of opportunities. You see we spend much of our life seeking a profit so that we can pursue our necessities as well as our dreams. There is actually another version of life found in the words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. The word “blessed” is the key to our happiness as well as our prosperity. This is the Bible word makarios. It means fully satisfied, happy, and implies divine favor. Blessed is what we are looking for, blessed is what we are when we touch someone else with the love of God.
While the preacher was looking at the missed “opportunity” to make a buck he failed to see the true blessedness all around. He missed the homeless guy getting a free haircut for his upcoming job interview, he didn’t see the struggling single mom blessed as she gave the poor child new shoes. He also missed the forgotten elderly man enjoying his barbecue chicken, jambalaya and gospel music. It was also easy to overlook the smiling children from the housing developments eating their fill of watermelon and cake and as many snowballs as their heart desired. Yeah there is more to life than just making a buck, there is life all around us if we can really see.
It’s not just Feed the Multitudes that provides an opportunity for us to reach out to hurting people. They are around all of us everyday. They might be at the next desk at work or behind the counter at the grocery store. That person may be hidden behind a smile or just hidden behind their closed up door. Don’t make the mistake of the preacher and miss all of the opportunities to get blessed. Happiness comes in different packages, it really is more blessed to give than to receive.

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7 thoughts on “NOT SELLING ANYTHING

  1. HALLELUJAH, YES IT IS!!!! THANK YOU JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT FOR OPENING MY EYES AND EARS.

    TRUE HAPPINESS IS FOUND IN JESUS, LOVING ON OTHERS, BLESSING OTHERS, BEING THEIR FOR OTHERS, TAKING TIME TO LISTEN TO OTHERS, SPREADING JESUS LOVE, HALLELUJAH…
    THANK YOU LORD FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT TO OTHERS.. IT’S ALL FOR YOUR GLORY KING.
    🙂 AWESOME PASTOR FRANK, HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR KING OF KINGS, JESUS!!!!
    LOVE YOU.

  2. Food Bank of Covington , a good place to be a blessing . Follow God’s lead , a place to serve . All the glory honor and praise to God !

  3. All the glory goes to God because this was and is His plan, but I must recognize my pastor and thank him for leading our church congregation into servanthood, not allowing our church to evolve into a place where some might not feel welcome, & for making the common goal of all that we invest to do, involves bring glory to God and calling on His presence to overwhelm our gatherings.

  4. I think about when Jesus proclaimed His mission statement at the beginning of His ministry on earth, Luke 4: 18-19; “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
    In so doing, Jesus pointed to the greatest opportunity imagined! Now it is our turn to fellowship with God in the mission Christ started that we may be one with Him. Unlike earthly gifts that are finite, He is infinite. Feel free to share all you have received, there is so much more! \o/

  5. Was just thinking about what I think is the greatest opportunity I could persue. Being in God’s unbelievable, awesome, fantastic, overwhelming, unexplainable presence for all eternity.
    “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”: (‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭34‬ NKJV)
    How might one seize this opportunity? We’ll lets see.
    Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
    “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭34, 37-40‬ NKJV)
    Not wanting to confuse anyone but we are righteous because of what Christ did for us and from that flows our works. Oddly enough these works are not a chore or task we must endure but rather an outpouring of what we have received. We just can not help ourselves. It is our joy to do it and then we receive from God in the process. What an AWESOME God we serve! \o/ See y’all tomorrow!

  6. Amen! So refreshing and encouraged that there are ministries that continue to seek to be a blessing rather than to be blessed. The LORD bless you and use you to touch even more lives for His greater glory!!!

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