Not an easy task, obeying God’s Word. We read our Bibles and other holy books and see such requests as “sell all your possessions to follow me.” This is a hard task to follow, considering that we toil hard to live in our nice homes and drive our nice cars. This is why we spent all that money to attend college. Why would God ask us to do this to follow Him?
Well, He doesn’t! God asks us to do two things: Love Him and love each other as we love ourselves. Period. Exclamation point! Period. God gave us this law and asks us to follow it. And, He knows the content of our hearts. We cannot separate ourselves from God, nor can we ignore His call for action.
The other day, God turned me around and I notice a lump across the parking lot. I entered the café behind me with my wife for breakfast. Something was eating at me while I joked with the server and spoke with those around us. My wife said that the lump was a homeless person. We then discussed how wrong our country is with its many multibillionaires, trillion-dollar corporations, billions spent on the military, and thousands upon thousands of poor and homeless who cannot afford life in these Untied States.
When we left the cafe, God invited me to cross the parking lot to a man dressed in all his clothing, sweating in this heat, an old worn beach towel draped over his head. I asked his forgiveness as I handed him enough to have breakfast at the café we just left. We spoke for a minute; he blessed me for what I gave him; I discovered that he is a veteran with PTSD and is unemployable.
Our society has left behind (and written off as useless) him and all his brothers and sisters who are either homeless or in deep poverty. It is up to us to do what our society will not do. I gave this poor man enough for a breakfast; I feel guilty because I cannot do much more. Is this obeying God’s Word? Am I loving my neighbor as myself? Am I loving God?!!!!
©Russell Kendall Carter