There were two brothers who lived across the two ends of a large farm land that they owned in equal proportion. Beside their homes, each had a barn where they stored their grain.
To their surprise they one day discovered that every week there was an extra bag of grain in their barn despite selling their sacks of grain in the market regularly. Mysterious as it was they kept pondering over it when one dark night two people bumped against each other in the open field and both had a sack of grain on their backs.
It was the two brothers themselves. One of them said to the other “I always felt that I was not married and so did not have a family to support. I felt you needed it more so would drop a sack of rice in your barn every week.” The married brother in turn replied “Brother, I had always thought that you were alone and had nobody to support you so dropped a sack of rice in your barn every week at night.” Tears welled up in their eyes as they reflected on the concern they had for each other.
Our resources never get depleted when we show concern for others. God fills our barns of the charitable more than those who just offer him lip service of prayer.
In the early Christian communities those who came to worship shared their resources with each other and cared for each other so much that the Bible says, “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.
With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favour was accorded to them all.
There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need” (Acts 4:32)
All our community praise and worship of God would be in vain if we do not look to the needs of one another. One may be in need of a word of consolation or understanding, another a morsel of food while yet another may be in need of shelter or clothing.
Needs may vary from community to community, but when there are people who are in want continue to exist in our communities, then our worship becomes a farce.
When care and concern for each other becomes a habit, community worship becomes a sweet smelling offering to God. So look towards the needy and God will fill your barns.
Courtesy : Deccan Herald