“It’s often the rich, the educated, and the religious who miss the call to follow Jesus, because it’s an offense to their sensibilities.” (Author unknown)
I read the above quote in a book I just recently read. The author of the book included that quote in his book, but could not remember the author. That quote really stuck with me. I am all of those 3 things; rich, educated, and religious. People in America would not put me in the pay-scale of the rich, more on the middle class. We choose to live modestly on one income, but we have never run out of food, clothing, shelter, or heat in our house. I do not know what it is like to be poor. How very fortunate I am!
Purple Heart just stopped by my house for the 100th time (okay…not the 100th but it sure seems like it) this year. Do you know how much stuff I have that I do not even use? We are going through all of our things as we are moving in a few weeks and I also know how much more stuff we will get at Christmas! And I am part of the problem!!!! I love to buy gifts for family and friends, but I keep my left overs for the poor and needy. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)
I know that in my life I am not loving, caring, sharing God’s love with the least of my brothers. They are not strangers; they are brothers and sisters in Christ. I pretend that I am a single child of God and I need to do better. I need to do better not so that I can feel good about myself; I am still a sinner. But I need to do better because Jesus commands it of me. Period. Plain and Simple. I tell my children all the time that they are to obey instantly…I need to follow my own words and start today! Who is with me?
“Not to us, O Lord, not to usbut to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. (Psalm 115:1)
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14
“They love one another, They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them. If they have something they give freely to the man who has nothing; if they see a stranger they taken them home, and are happy, as though he were a real brother. They don’t consider themselves brothers in the usual sense, but brothers instead through the Spirit, in God. ” (Aristides’ Description of Christians to the Roman Emperor Hadrian)