Monthly Archives: September 2012

YOU FEED THEM

 

“Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages and buy themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, ‘Give ye them to eat.’ ” Mark 6:36-37.

 

When I was a teen, I worked as an usher in a neighborhood theater. On Saturdays, it was open from 10 in the morning until about 11 at night, and some parents used it as a cheap babysitter. Late one night, I saw a kid’s head disappear behind a row of seats only to pop up in a different place for a minute or two and then disappear again. This went on for several minutes.  I wondered what on earth that kid was doing. Slowly, I worked my way down the aisle, shined my light on him, and took him to the back.  In the light, I saw he was a little boy about 7 or 8 years old, poorly dressed, very skinny, and very dirty.  He had been left in the theater all day and most of the night without food or money. He was so hungry that he was crawling around between the seats eating popcorn that had fallen on the floor.

I gave him two dollars and let him go buy a couple of chili dogs and a drink. When he returned with his food, he sat on the back row and eagerly ate and drank, pausing only once or twice to look up at me with a sweet smile. He was very grateful and thanked me over and over. He became my friend that night.

In the years following, I often saw him in the neighborhood. When that happened, he always yelled hello and smiled at me. In a few years, he grew much bigger and stronger than me and I knew if I ever got into a jam, I had a friend who would fight for me. What a bargain—two dollars for food and a friend for life.

When we feed the hungry, we are doing what Jesus told us to do, and we are making friends for Him. It is one of the easiest ways to show God’s love. Let’s thank God that we have something to share and let’s share it.

 

Father, I thank you that I can show your love by sharing.

Advertisements

FORGIVE GRIEVANCES

Read Colossians 3:12-14

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
–Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

“Ill forgive you, but I’ll still hate your guts.” That’s what one church member told Aunt Susan when she apologized. She and the lady had a disagreement the week before. Being a sincere Christian, Aunt Susan went to her and apologized and that’s the answer she got.
We have to give the woman credit for being half honest. We often say we forgive someone because it’s the nice thing to do, or because we know we should as Christians. But, like the lady talking to Aunt Susan, we hold grudges. Holding grudges shows we have only fooled ourselves. If we say we have forgiven someone, but we still dislike (hate) them, we have not forgiven them.
Christians are to forgive as Christ forgave us. How was that? It was without our deserving it. It was completely. It was never to be remembered against us and it was through God’s grace alone. God’s people are “grace” people. Because we have been partakers of God’s grace, we can offer it to others.
It is important to forgive and forget past grievances. It is so important that God’s word tells us that we should take care of such matters before we worship (Matthew 5:23-24). You may ask how you can ever forgive someone for what they did to you. You begin by asking Jesus to help you, and you keep asking until He does. Try it. You will be amazed at how quickly Jesus can make your heart right and restore your relationship.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to be forgiving people. Amen
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO HOLD GRUDGES

—Robert G. Wilkerson, D.Min, author of Characters of the Crucifixion, http:www.drrobertgwilkerson.com; email: drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net

Labor Day

I want to wish all the working people of America a very happy and restful Labor Day on Monday. With so many millionaires running the country or wanting to. The average worker is totally ignored. Unions which once stood up for workers and their rights have almost been totally been destroyed. Did you notice that when collective bargaining went the middle-class did too ? The Bible teaches us that work is an honorable thing and those who do it are honorable people. I want to honor all of my fellow workers today. Thank you for what you do and God bless you.