She stood in front of me at the checkout with cash in her hand. I could tell by the look on her face she miscalculated the amount of groceries with the money she had. Embarrassed she asked the cashier to put back the bread, then the sugar, then the cottage cheese. I could already feel the compassion welling up inside of me. I knew I had to help her.
After wards while she was bagging her groceries it was my turn. I told the cashier I would pay for those items she had put back. He did then pushed them down her way telling the lady I bought them. She was stunned. I wanted to hide. I just didn’t want her to know what I did. But now I stood face to face with her also bagging my groceries.
“That was kind of you.” she said. “You are welcome” I answered. “That was extremely kind.” she responded. Then we chatted a while about how everyone in the world should help each other out, how much better our lives would be. Later at home I remembered this proverb.
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” pro. 19:17
Can you imagine lending to the Lord! Finally I can do something for Jesus! After all he has done so much for me. He gave me eternal life, washed away my sins, and gave me the Holy Spirit. I love this truth that I can lend to the Lord by simply being kind to the poor. Then the rest of that verse says he will reward you. The original meaning is that he will pay you back. So not only can you do something for Jesus but he will pay you back!
You have nothing to lose, so why not help others in need?
wife, author, pastor
My brother-in-law Adam is known for saying, “It’s all about relationships!” He says that in the context of a business owner (Adam’s Car Wash Service) in networking with people. Yet it can also be said and applied to God’s word. From Genesis to Revelation, it is all about relationships; relationships of husbands and wives, families, nations, and God to his people.
Unlike the soft porn movie, 50 Shades of Grey, relationships should be honored and respected, does anything else matter? On your death bed are you going to want to be surrounded by all the things you purchased? Or will it be the people you love and cherish.
The ultimate relationship is our personal connection with God. Though the world thinks He is all about rules and shall not’s, we know he is about grace and drawing us back to Him. Which is precisely why Jesus came to earth, to restore our relationship back to the Father. There are no “shades” of Christianity. You are either in or out. This is one relationship you want to get right, why? Because your eternity is in the balance.
wife, author, pastor
Suck it up, Push on, don’t give up, are sayings we hear or tell ourselves when we are going through some kind of struggle. As Christians we are exhorted to “stand”. Too often I hear my fellow Christians complaining, crying, or compromising about a situation or people.
The apostle Paul, who went through major persecution said this, “Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Eph. 6:13
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not diminishing anyone’s struggle. But I’m asking you to stand your ground, your beliefs, and be the light in the darkness. It’s what Jesus, our Lord , asks of us. Should we do anything less?
I ask also for us to stand together and not tear each other apart. If a house is divided how can it stand, Jesus said. So this new year, I challenge us all to be the light and help each other as we stand together.
with pen in hand
Author of FADE and Heaven is Near. www.bethelightministries.net