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While meditating on the theme for this month, this song dropped in my spirit:

“Jesus is the answer for the whole today

Above him there is no other

Jesus is the way”

I believe the greatest answer everyone needs is JESUS. That name answers every problem or situation.

Last month, I mentioned that God can make you an answer to someone. I think this is best done by introducing the person to Jesus.

This reminds me of a friend who was a party girl. Whenever she went to the club, she would dance so well that boys would offer to buy drinks for her and her friends.

One Sunday, she came to church after going to the club the night before. She insisted that she came in honour of my invitation (I, however do not remember inviting her that Sunday). When the altar call was made during the service, she came out to give her life to Christ (I sincerely doubted the genuineness of her action because I thought she did not understand what she was doing). But after that, she started coming for every service regularly, attended the believer’s class and even joined the choir. She was very faithful in the department and never complained even though we got home at 12am every Thursday because the venue for the choir rehearsal was very far from where we lived.

Regularly, she would ask me about the Bible and I would share a story from the scriptures with her. Fortunately, the senior pastor would always use the same story as a point of reference during his messages and this consolidated the scriptures for her.

I guess this made her love me because whenever we met in any store, she’d try to buy me the entire store. Her old friends disliked me because her conversion limited their opportunity of getting free drinks in the club.

The truth is that you should not expect the whole world to celebrate you when you become an answer to someone. Just continue to do whatever God has called you to do because your answer lies in being their answer.

The theme scripture, Matthew 7:7-9, says: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”

I realized that there is a style of asking which does not involve the use of words. Proverbs 18:16 says “A man’s gift makes room for him…”

I think this was the style the Shunammite woman used when she decided to be nice to the prophet who did not ask for her help.  She did not help the prophet because she wanted a reward, but in being an answer to his problems, God used him to bring her own answer – a son.

One of the ways to get to God’s heart is to be an answer to His people’s problems.

Be deliberate about being good to people. Go out of your way for others and I am sure that God will reward you.

Pastor Nomthi Odukoya 

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