“For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.” Luke 7:5
Text: Luke 7:1-5
John D. Rockefeller was the first billionaire in the world. At age 25 he controlled one of the largest oil refinery companies in his nation, at 31 he became the world’s largest oil refiner. By 38 he commanded 90% of the oil refined in the United States of America; at 53 he became ill, his entire body was weighed down with pains and he lost all his hairs. His doctors predicted he was going to die within a year.
One day he woke up and it dawned on him that he was not going to take his wealth to the grave. He decided to channel his assets to building hospitals, research and mission work.
Amazingly, the moment he began to give back a portion of all that he earned; his body chemistry was altered so significantly that he got better. At 58 he became the richest man in the country. His personal doctors predicted that he would die at 53 but he lived to be almost 98 years old.
The story of Rockefeller shows the wonders of good deeds. The centurion in our text got people to speak for him before Jesus because of his good deeds. Always take out time to help others. Do things in your community, church or school that put smiles on other people’s faces. Don’t close your eyes against the needs of others, invest in good deeds.
Prayer for today
Dear Father, help me to use the blessings you have bestowed on me to bless others too.