Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Dial Daily Bread: Ministering Spiritual Help to Others

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"

There is almost unbelievable encouragement buried in one of Jesus' parables--a message for parents especially, but for teachers and anyone who wants to be a spiritual help to someone else. Ministering spiritual help to others is laying up treasure in heaven--preparing to experience a vast pleasure in God's coming eternal kingdom when you at last see the fruit of your love and life labors.

The parable is in Luke 11. It tells of a man who has had an unexpected guest show up when he has no "bread" in his pantry to feed him. So in his desperation he goes to his friend and neighbor at midnight and bangs on his door, "Please let me have some bread, not to feed myself but that I may share it with a friend of mine who has come in his journey, and I have nothing to set before him" (see Luke 11:5ff).

Maybe you know that desperate feeling in real life--you are not ready for guests, yet they've come. The parable is beautifully crafted (as only Jesus could conceive of a parable!) to encourage us who want to help others on their path to heaven.

We may wonder sometimes if the prayer we are praying is "according to the will of God." In this instance, don't wonder: the Lord wants you to help others and He will give you the spiritual truth you need to make your ministry helpful.

"Asking to give" is a good title for this parable: you become a channel through which the blessings of heaven flow to someone else. In the process, you will be richly blessed; the water of life cannot flow through you unless on the way it refreshes you, the "pipe" through which it flows!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: October 13, 2008.
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