Letter from John Mugabi
Praise the Lord From Whom All Blessings Flow!!
I am happy to see your obedience to God through works of mercy. Our mandate comes from Scripture: Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of those who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy. Prov 31:8-9.
After Peter confessed that Jesus was Christ, Jesus promised that he would build his Church on the solid rock of that confession.The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven are given to the Church.
The Church is the beloved bride of Christ. Matt 9:14-15 We should not see the church as a weak and fragile institution, even when its local expression may seem so.
We picture the Church triumphant–God’s agency carrying the mandate to bring the good news to the ends of the earth confidently, with promise that we will succeed. Mark 16:15-18.
It is the church that must be salt and light to the communities all around the world. We should all serve as a bridge between the different parts of the body of Christ to enable her to fulfill her destiny.
Like the early church who felt it only right to help their poor brothers and sisters in Jerusalem during their time of hardship (2 Corinthians 8:1-15), it’s only right today for the resource-rich parts of the Church to partner with the resource-poor parts of the Church, so that the mission may advance and Jesus be glorified.
Let us then speak against injustice, let’s defend the cause of the poor.
God Bless you,
Brother John Mugabi
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36
There’s an inseparable correlation between belief and obedience all throughout the Bible. Here it is again. Belief yields eternal life; disobedience yields death and wrath.
Let’s follow John’s challenge now…this very weekend let’s choose obedience, which yields life–for us and for the poor. In Luke 12, we find one of Jesus’ commands. “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.“
Will you ask the Lord what He would have you sell first? There’s no question of “if” He would have any of us sell possessions. He’s already made that clear! He always asks for our first-fruits. What is the thing that is most valuable to us? Are we willing to part with it? Obedience is often a struggle. Let’s not get bogged down in the struggle–that’s just our flesh. We know the truth. Our flesh has been crucified with Christ. As a good friend said recently, “Tell your flesh to shut-up!”
Let’s aim high. That will be different for each of us, based on what we possess. Sell something (or things) worth $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, $100,000. Impossible?
“God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things that we can do by ourselves.” A. W. Tozer
Will you please post comments regarding your participation? Here’s why we ask: Your enthusiasm will stir others to action. That’s scriptural! Let’s encourage one another in the fight to pursue obedience and defend the cause of the poor!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
That power at work within us is the Holy Spirit. He IS able to do far immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, BUT it is only done according to the measure of the Holy Spirit at work within us. We can quench the Spirit through sin or we can allow Him to work through obedience and surrender.