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Summary: Jesus very clearly said, ’let the people around you see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’

Good works!

Mathew 5:16”Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Good works? Who thinks of it anyway? It’s all about ‘office work, business work and home work!’ Jesus very clearly said, ’let the people around you see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.’ Why are Christians mocked and ridiculed today? It is because the world around us are not able to see ‘good works’ in us! No fun in carrying big fat Bibles and quoting scriptures without living out our lives as per the standards laid out by God. Do you hear me please?

Friends, did you know we are born on this earth to produce good works and not to live our life the way we want and amass wealth and property? The day the child is born, the family start talking of the academic education for the child, the professional qualification for the child and the financial need for all these things. Do we ever think of grooming the kid to be useful for the nation, church and family? Think friends! No wonder we have a dearth for good Sunday School teachers, spiritual leaders and good musicians in the church because they have all gone away to serve the world. Check out the movie field, you will find ‘Peters, John and Elijahs’ working for the movie industry, manufacturing music for the satan industry. Anybody listening? Apostle Paul said: Ephesians 2:10”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

I would like to share the testimony of a rich man in England and pray that this message would touch your heart and change your life. His name is William Rathbone from England. He was one of the biggest ship owner, a political leader and a member of the Parliament of England. In 1859, his wife’s health condition began to suddenly and rapidly fail. They had four children with the eldest one of ten years and the youngest only a few days old. During this period, a nurse named Mary nursed his wife and Mr.Rathbone saw first hand the tremendous difference a trained nurse made to a patient. He began to think what illness must mean to the homes of the poor, not many would think in this angle. However, within a space of five months, his wife passed away leaving him with a huge responsibility, besides the responsibility as a father of four children, Mr.Rathbone having watched the sufferings and pain of his wife, wondered how the poor would cope with such pain without the help of a nurse or proper medicines. He immediately appointed a nurse and her job was to visit homes of the sick in the poorest parts of the city and treat the sick and give them medicines and also teach them how to take preventive care. All this was done free of cost. He did not stop there, he launched out in training many nurses for this project and in six years time, William Rathbone divided Liverpool city into eighteen districts and provided a nurse for each area out of his own expenses. As a next step, he took up the challenging job of reformation of the ‘Free Hospitals’ (Government Hospitals) for the poor in England, which was in a mess and none dared to touch this project. William Rathbone boldly took up the job, appointed trained nurses and staff and changed the chaotic place into a place of rest and peace.

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