Thursday, May 20, 2010

Duties of a Christian

I just wanted to tell a story about what happened to me one day.

It was on a weekend and I had to go to WalMart to get some things.

As I was driving up to the 4 way stop, I saw a man standing there with a sign.

It is not unusual to see a person holding a sign, that says "Will work for food" or something similar to that.

I have sometimes wondered if they really are in need, or if they just want a free ride.

The reason I say that is because my Husband once, gave money to a man who said he had no money and was hungry and wanted food, so my husband gave him money, only to see him walk directly over to a liquor store and walk in.

That is why sometimes, it runs through my mind..........Are they really in need.

Well, As I drove by this man, the Holy spirit prompted me to go back and give this man a certain amount of money.

I asked the Lord, " Is that you?" "Did you really tell me that?"

I had to stop my car and I sat there for a minute, praying.

As I prayed, God told me to get the little new testament out of the dash of my car.

So I did.

As I got the testament, I began to open it up and the first place that I turned to was Titus chapter 3.

I began to read.

verse 1-5

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work.

To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto ALL Men.

for we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

But after the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.

As I was reading, I was saying "OK, Lord," I see what your saying.

I realized that my thoughts of this man were wrong. I was judging him. I was looking at his outward appearance as well. I said to myself, " Well, he has long hair and he looks kinda rough." and I did not know if he really needed this money or not.

But after reading this chapter, I realized that I was once disobedient.

I have done foolish things in my life, that were not pleasing to God, so why was I any better than this man, to judge him and say he was not worthy of receiving a gift from God?

As I sat there, I prepared the money and I put it in the bible and went to him and gave him the bible and the money was sticking out of it.

He just looked at me with this look of amazement.

I told him that I was not going to ask him anything, but to take the bible and read it and know that this was a gift from God.  ( I had underlined the verses that I read)

I could see him sigh. He was amazed.

I'm sure maybe he had stood there for hours and not one person cared enough to stop and help him out, but God is always the one who steps in and picks us up when no one else will.

I asked myself the question........"How would I feel if this was me, and I was standing there while everyone just passed me by as if I was not even there?"

People need to realize that it is our duty as Christians, to make sure the poor people have enough to eat and they are clothed.

We might have to walk in there shoes one day, and if we did, it would be then, that we would see just how alone that these people really are.

We need to let our light shine and let God work through us to help those who stand on the side of the road, or beg on the streets for something to eat...........Who knows.........If they were doing it for there own gain at first, and just to take others......Maybe the love of God will hit them so hard that they will begin to see just how much they are doing wrong and be convicted to turn from there sins and ask God to come into there hearts.

Who are we to Judge?

This makes me think of the story of Lazarus and the rich man.

Lazarus was the beggar and the rich man ignored him over and over again........and now the rich man is in eternal torment, being burned by the flames of Hell and Lazarus is in Heaven with his God!

Remember how Lazarus was changed when Jesus got ahold of him?

This is just one of the Duties as a Christian.

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