Wednesday, June 3, 2015

You Make Me Sick!

"You make me sick!" Sounds like pretty harsh words, because these are words no one would want to hear directed at us. Yet how would Jesus evaluate your life? Would He want to hang out with you, or would you make Him sick?

I know, I know! Harsh words indeed, but meant to provoke you to take a hard line approach at your own spiritual walk, especially since we are living in what I believe may in fact be, the last days. It might not happen in the next year, 5 or even 20 years, but if it doesn't, you may in fact be living your last day on earth.

Yikes! That's an eye opener huh? You may think because your in your early 20's, you still have a long life ahead of you, and you might! But then again, you might not. The only person who truly knows how much time you have left is Jesus and He's not sharing that information with you. But you should be living a life, that if today were your last day, you might be proud of what you accomplished.

Our entire retirement program banks on the life we live here on Earth for Jesus, not for ourselves. I think today, the biggest issue most people have is trouble with their heart. And I am not talking about coronary or heart issues like that, but what they lack inside. The ability to care, to have compassion, sympathy, empathy for. You know, when a crisis hits in the world, there should be such an outpouring of support, that they don't need to ask for help, because it's already coming in. Far too often I feel people are sitting around thinking, they don't need to do anything, because someone else already has. In fact, if you were to be judged on how much you do for others than for yourself, what would that scale look like? Pretty depressing?

Good! Hope it will spur you to action. To WAKE UP!

Stop waiting for someone else to do something, YOU do something! When is the last time you did something for someone else and not just within your family. When is the last time, you donated money til it really hurt! Greater than say $200? That is precisely what one man gave when helping a fellow man, an enemy of his some might say, whom he found injured and dying that everyone else passed by. The parable of the good Samaritan.

In Luke 10:35 ~ "The next day he too out silver coins or in the Greek two denari and gave them to the innkeeper, "Look after him, " he said, " and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have." (NIV).

The value of a denarii was the equivalent of what someone would make in a day. How much money do you make in a day? Imagine giving that away to the next homeless or poor person you see? Whoa! That's a lot of money. Yes it is, but that is exactly what the parable of the Good Samaritan implies. He did it without thinking about it. He didn't think what it would do for him, he was thinking how much it would help the injured man who needed it more than he did.

I think the words of Matthew West's song, "Do Something", really drive the point home.

I woke up this morning
Saw a world full of trouble now
Thought, how’d we ever get so far down
How’s it ever gonna turn around
So I turned my eyes to Heaven
I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?”
Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of
People living in poverty
Children sold into slavery
The thought disgusted me
So, I shook my fist at Heaven
Said, “God, why don’t You do something?”
He said, “I did, I created you”

Pretty powerful stuff huh? Yet why don't more people do something? So many say, if they had more, they would help more, but are you helping with the little you do have? Maybe you don't have enough to help financially but are you helping in other ways, with your time, perhaps volunteering? There are so many good news stories that don't show up in our social media feeds that should inspire us to help out more.

You are aware that if EVERYONE did there part, there would be NO poor, NO homeless, NO orphans, NO homeless pets, NO starving people right? The fact that there are, shows us that we aren't doing enough.

I seriously want to die, knowing I was like the woman who gave everything she had to help others. That is my goal, to give it all. TO give til it hurts. To help, to minister, to serve, to volunteer, to DO SOMETHING.

We have NO excuse if we aren't doing something. NONE at all!

Let's make a vow today to start to DO SOMETHING? To give til it really hurts, not just give whatever you might have left that won't impact you at all.

There are kids in third world countries that are barely surviving on a $1 a week. Think about that next time you buy your Starbucks coffee or drink.

There are dogs and cats dying in shelters because there isn't enough funding to help care for them. Let's find homes for them and volunteer to help out or help fund them. Let's start campaigns to reduce unwanted pet populations instead of paying $1000 of dollars for a purebred dog. Adopt one instead.

Have nothing to do in your FREE time, how about volunteering. There are tons of programs that are in need of people to help. To visit with seniors in homes, to minister or read to people in hospice, to teach reading to those at your public library, to help clean up parks and beaches.

Seriously imagine what we could do if we simply volunteered as families, as neighborhoods, as communities, as businesses. What an impact we might have! Why don't you be the catalyst in making that happen. I challenge you to DO SOMETHING once a month to make a difference. ANYTHING can help. Start today!

Let's make Jesus proud by what we can do in His name. Let's go out and really serve!

1 comment:

LV said...