As I was leaving one today, I noticed a women sitting on the corner with a sign asking for help. I had to stop right next to her to wait for the others cars to pass. As I was waiting I felt this awkwardness and feeling of not knowing what to do. I thought of these videos and and how they show that Jesus could be that homeless man sitting there and we might of walked past him and not even given him something to eat.
Well I did that today. I know, I know sounds so 'unchristian...as I was driving away I looked in my rear view mirror feeling this disgust in my stomach because I didn't do anything for her. As I watched a little boy giving her some money and a bag filled with stuff.....I could of done the same but I didnt.
...I kept driving and then I thought of my mom telling me this past Sunday about Matthew 25 and the scripture "For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me." I felt so condemned. I drove away not even looking at the lady..Didn't even offer her the brand new water bottle I had sitting in my car.
How many times do we walk by these people and think to our selves "well they can go out and get a job instead of standing there on the corner etc.etc." What happened if that was Jesus we were walking by and didn't even dare look at? A friend of mine has always wanted to invite them to dinner with us but she always get the responses 'no' its just unsafe or thinks she's crazy.
Or how about when we give..when we give of our tithes or to this homeless man or women...or homeless shelter we make sure we have enough to get our pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks right after?
I know that we have to be 'wise' with our money and people use the excuse well we have to make sure we take care of our bills and monthly expenses etc. but doesn't the Lord call us to give and give all of that we have to help others?I mean since when did the meaning "give" have so many constraints? Aren't we suppose to 'TRUST IN THE LORD' with everything...including our finances?
I think for the most part we all fall in this pot...especially me. If giving now comes with so many restraints...aren't we living then Luke warm? Jesus spent time with the homeless...I am sure when he dined with them He wasn't thinking 'Oh! it's just unsafe'...Why do we do it now? Why did I do it????
If only we could be more like the early church....here is a verse to think about.
James 2:15-17: "Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."