The life that we have been given by Almighty God is not to be used solely
for our benefit, but is also to be used for the betterment of others. We
are to remember the Lord's command that we are to esteem others higher than
we esteem ourselves. Many times we focus more on what we want and forget
that there are hurting people all around us whose needs greatly outweigh
our own. We are to have the compassion of the Lord and try to be helpful
to make a bad situation a little better. We will find that the blessings
that we bestow upon others will bring greater joy and satisfaction to our
lives than any other thing that we could have done for ourselves. I hope
you receive this word for yourself because its revelation can change the
way you think about being a blessing toward someone else. (Philippians 2:3)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message.
THE TALE OF THE GREEDY KING
If ever there were a selfish person, it would be King Larry. He was the
greediest person in the whole kingdom. Even the people who had almost
nothing were not as stingy. His wife told him that if he kept on being
greedy, he would have no kingdom, because nobody would want to live in a
kingdom if the king was so greedy. But he just laughed at her for saying
such a crazy thing. He said to the queen, “If you say one more thing about
my life, I will have you put in the dungeon!”
In the meantime, King Larry bought the most expensive throne you could ever
imagine. It was covered with lots and lots of rare flowers. There were
diamonds and rubies and emeralds all over the top where he rested his
selfish big head. It was so expensive that he used all of his money to pay
When the people saw how King Larry was spending all his money, they decided
to move out of the kingdom without paying their taxes. With no one to pay
their taxes, the king was not making any money, so he had to sell his
beautiful throne to another king who lived in the South Pacific. The king
in the South Pacific only paid $50 for the throne which was not enough to
even pay for groceries.
He decided to grow his own vegetables in a garden and then sell the
vegetables to other kings. He only made $10, which was not enough for him
to even pay his servants. So the servants quit their jobs and moved out of
the kingdom, and all who were left were King Larry and Queen Isabelle. The
queen said to King Larry, “You have seen that what I told you was the
truth. Now what are you going to do about this situation?”
“I told you if you said anything about my life, I would put you in the
dungeon,” said King Larry.
She laughed and said, “Where are your guards? Who is going to put me there?”
“I'll put you there,” the king said. And he tried to take her by the arm
to the dungeon, but she was a lot stronger than he was.
They started to laugh, because it was so funny to see him trying to take
her to the dungeon.
“I wish I had never been selfish,” he said to the queen, the apple of his
eye. “What can I do to make things better?”
The queen said, “You must be more considerate of the people in the kingdom.
You could ask them to come back and tell them you have changed, and that
you will cut their taxes in half. You will still have enough to run your
kingdom well, but you won't be so tempted to spend it foolishly. Then they
will be more willing to stay and work for your kingdom.”
“That is a great idea, Isabelle, but how will I start?” King Larry asked.
“Well, you can start by telling them you're sorry,” Queen Isabelle said.
So King Larry sent out a proclamation to all the lands telling everyone
that he was so sorry for being so greedy and asking all the people to come
back. He also told them he was willing to lower their taxes, so they could
have more than they ever had before.
When the people read what he said they forgave him and all came back with
food for a big celebration. Even the king from the other country who had
bought King Larry's throne came to the celebration and brought the throne
back to King Larry.
What a celebration they had! King Larry learned a great lesson about not
being greedy and accepting responsibility and the townspeople also learned
a lesson how to forgive and forget.
From that time on, King Larry and the townspeople worked together to make
their kingdom a better place to live.
By Rebekah (age 10)
Be encouraged to take special interest in those around you who are not as
blessed and privileged as you are. We must always remember that we are
God's hands and feet on the earth and have been given the call to minister
to the broken hearted and bring comfort to those who feel lowly and
discouraged. We are to keep Eternity in mind and make every effort to be
helpful and beneficial towards those who are in need. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
The possessions that we work so hard to acquire will have no relevance when
we stand before God Almighty, but the works that we do in His Name will
shine brightly and be a testament of Who we belonged to while we were on
the Earth. Do good works in His Name and fill your Heavenly account with
treasures that will make God pour out His blessings upon your life where
you will not have enough room to receive. (Colossians 3:23-25) (Mark 10:29-30)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:2-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same
love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all
men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Revelation 22:12-14 Jesus declares “And, behold, I come quickly; and my
reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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