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“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” I was reading in Our Daily Bread this morning and found this verse. It is the last sentence in Luke 12:35-40, and talks about Jesus return. It is a powerful word and one verse stands out as well as this one. That is verse 39 which says: “But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into.” We do not know when the return of Jesus will be, we know it will be when God deems it time. Part of the reading in Our Daily Bread for today talked about the prediction of Jesus return in 2011. If you know your scriptures, then you know that no one is able to say when He sill return, but many keep trying.
Our task is not to try to figure out when Jesus will come to bring His people home, our task is to live as if it will be today. Our task is to live our lives for the glory of the Kingdom, striving each day to do as Jesus would do. Working our our salvation in our daily walk with Him.
It pains me to see people who claim to be Christians and are good faithful church going people, yet on Monday – Friday, they act like the rest of the world. Our lives should always reflect our Lord, we are His people and our lives should be dedicated to loving our neighbor as ourselves, praying for those we consider enemies. Working for the betterment of people around us, helping to make our communities better places. Jesus touched people who were hurting and in need of the healing that cleanses their soul as well as their body. That is our task, to visit the sick, feed the hungry, pray for those who need to know Christ, and introduce them to Him. John Wesley talked about striving to become perfected in love in this life. That should be our task for ourselves, to be perfected in love in this life, that as Jesus we too would act out of love in all situations of life.
God bless and keep you today and every day.
James 1:27 says: Pure, unstained religion, according to God our Father, is to take care of orphans and widows when they suffer and to remain uncorrupted by this world. (Gods Word Translation). James is quite refreshing, he doesn’t beat around the bush he gets to the point and sticks it right out there for all to see and understand. In our different denominations we have all sorts of rules and regulations that tell us what it means to be properly religious, but the truth is that we must follow God. We must love God with our whole being, and love our neighbor as ourself. When we see someone in need, it is our place to try to help that person, sometimes it is simply being a presence.
Sometimes it means giving some of our material possessions, like a meal or a helping hand or maybe a couple of dollars. Sometimes it means taking them to a place to buy groceries, because that person has no transportation. Whatever it is, James makes it clear that we are to love our neighbor as ourself. Visit our neighbor in their affliction. I know that in some denominations, it is only to witness to that person that we spend time with them, but that is not biblical that is being selfish, you may think that witnessing to them in their weakened state will help them, but real help is listening to what is happening in their life, and then finding ways to make it better. By the way, that is also a much better witness than just using words. I read once that St. Francis once was talking about preaching with one of his monks and he told him that preaching was a good thing, and sometimes you needed to use words.
It is action that really counts, acting to alleviate the pain in another person’s life is a sermon in itself. By all means, visit the widow, the orphan, the neighbor and hear what they say. If there is a need, and, you can meet it, by all means do so, if you cannot, then find someone who can and let them help. You will still have done a good to the person in need. That is a sermon, a witness that will stay with them, much longer than words.
God bless you today and every day, may His grace be reflected in your life that others may know that Christ lives.