Inmate Spotlight – March 2016 Sound Bites From Beto

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In the Bible, one of the 1st stories we encounter is that of Cain & Able.  There is much to learn and much of great significance in this story, but what I want to focus on is a very key question that Cain asks of God.  He asks, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)

In its literary context Cain was asking a rhetorical, sarcastic question directly relating to his guilt in harming his brother. But in a spiritual context he was asking a question of profound importance that hundreds of years later God would send His own Son to answer.

Am I my brother’s keeper? Jesus said unquestionably, yes I am. He said it was one of the highest and most important order of my life – second only to loving and serving God Himself.  Make note that if I am truly loving and serving God then loving and serving my brother ultimately follows.

Jesus’ message was simple: Love God and be kind to others. Do for others more than you do for yourself. Paul echoed His words when he wrote, in Philippians 2:3-4 New Living Translation (NLT)

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Serving and loving others is the highest earthly calling of our lives. Jesus summed it up beautifully in Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)

34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.37 Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you … 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?40 And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!

Love God and Serve God.  Love and Serve others. So profoundly simple, yet when put into practice it’s a way of life that has the divine potential to change the world around us forever.  God bless you all,

Matthew Troell

Texas Member from the Beto Unit

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