Sunday 22nd March, 2015
FROM THE GENERAL OVERSEER,
Pastor (Dr) E. O. Abina
IT’S GOOD TO DO GOOD
Sunday 22nd March, 2015.
That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. Then the king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?”And the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.” So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. The king’s servants said to him, “Haman is there, standing in the court. And the king said, “Let him come in.” So Haman came in, and the king asked him, “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Then the king said to Haman, “Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king’s gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken” (Esther 6:1-6,10).
As children of God, it is important that everyone of us imbibe the culture of doing good, develop it, nurture it and let it become our second nature. Without any dispute, a child of God is born again to do good in every way possible. The reason for this is obvious; our heavenly Father does good; making His sun to shine on the evil and the good (Matt. 5:45). Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the words of Peter in Acts 10:38 says “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”. Furthermore, we are taught that “as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal.6:10).
Apart from all these, doing good has its temporary and eternal rewards. Doing good can be done in several ways as opportunity avails. It can be done in helping the helpless, feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, praying for one another, rescuing the perishing by witnessing Christ to them, helping the widows, the orphans, the fatherless, the physically challenged, saving people from imminent danger or death etc as in the case of our Scripture passages today. A plot to assassinate the King Ahasuerus had been planned against him by two of the King’s Eunuchs that were closed to him but the plot was secretly known to Mordecai who went and told the king by which the plot and conspiracy to assassinate the King was foiled. The plot would have been carried out if Mordecai had not revealed it.
The King’s life was saved but nothing was done for Mordecai to appreciate what he had done. In the process of time, Herman had planned to hang Mordecai and the plan had been completed just only the following day in the morning of which the King could not sleep in the night probably because of the plan. (see Esther 5:12-14) Then he asked an attendant to bring the book of the King’s record which he read and found that it was Mordecai who saved him from being assassinated, but when he asked if anything had been done to compensate Mordecai, they said nothing had been done. To cut the long story short Haman who planned to destroy Mordecai was the one who recommended what should be done to the man whom the king delights in thinking that it was him. Mordecai was decorated by Haman and honoured. “So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!” (verse 11).
For the eternal reward read (Matt 25:31-40). It’s good to do good. Men may forget the good we do, but God will not, for God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints and do minister” (Heb.6:10) as from today pray to God to help you do good. Let us pray.