Father it is not my place to decide to eats, drinks, and is taken care of; You have called on Your children to give without question or hesitation, and I pray that You always touch my heart to do so. I love You Father and I want to do better and be better in Your eyes. I give You all of the glory. Amen.
There are a lot of people who think they are going to a special place called heaven simply because they consistently attend church, pay tithes, have a fish and cross emblem mounted on their car, wear a cross around their neck, and carry their Bibles around and display them in the back window of their car, night stand, and on their desk at work. You can do all of that but walk past the dirty disheveled man on the street asking you for money, and in that instance, all of your outward signs of Christianity have been flushed down the metaphoric toilet.
We have not been called on to judge and be the officiants over others. God called on us to be servants throughout His Kingdom, giving in all ways to the least of His children. We have excess in our homes, and stuff sitting around collecting dust, that we could bag up and disburse to those in need who could benefit more from what we have.
A person we assume to be homeless asks us for money or food, and we stop and attempt to assess whether or not the person is being honest and honorable, and if they will actually eat healthy food or turn instead to drugs and alcohol. It’s not your job to judge and make assessments. If you’re concerned with the health and wellbeing of that person, then invest the additional time and money by purchasing them a healthy meal and beverage that can provide nourishment and let them know how much you truly care. But scoffing at them, rolling your eyes, and passing them by because in your assessment your money would be wasted–you have scoffed at Jesus. Every time you tell the lie “I don’t have any money” yet you have dollar bills and coins in your wallet or purse, is the same lie you’re telling Jesus.
Everything you say and do for, to, or against the least of God’s children has the same impact as though you said or did it directly to Jesus.
God and Jesus aren’t concerned with your religious pomp and ceremony. We’re being judged based on how we treat those who have the least and need the most, how we treat the animals that we’re to have dominion over, how we treat this planet that God made our temporary home, and how we make the most of the blessings that God has given us.
Don’t get distracted with the “extras”. Focus on the most important. For those of you who love to thump and pat your Bibles, you should know what the most important is, if not you need to stop pretending and crack open that Bible and start studying it cover to cover. Practice what you preach. Practice what you’re “amen’ing” from the pews. Stop simply wearing your “WWJD” t-shirts and bracelets, and actually start speaking and living your life the way you think Jesus would–the way that is depicted in all of the historical accounts of our Savior.
You can pretend with the rest of us, but do you really think you can pull the wool over God’s eyes?
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?
3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?
4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?
5. Who would you like to pray for today?
6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.
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