What I love about God
I know I promised to post something about my trip to India, and I promise it is coming, but something happened to me this morning that I have to share.
One thing I love about God is that He has a sense of humor. The Bible says that we were created in the image of God and one thing that involves is enjoying humor like Him. All that to say, I love it when God displays his humor especially when He has a lesson to teach us with it. This morning, I experienced God’s humor at the expense of a very humbling lesson that I needed to learn.
So, I got to work at YMI a little early. Thankfully there is a park about 2 blocks away where I could go and have my quiet time with God. So I gathered my belongings and trotted down the road and found a park bench to sit. I reached into my bag and opened my Bible and as I did, I noticed across the way from me a homeless person. I shrugged it off and opened to the passage I was to read for the day. Totally ignoring the lady sleeping on the bench across from me. I mean why should I pay her any attention? After all, I had forgotten my money and she would just use it on something bad anyway. So, I turned my gaze to the passage and started to read.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
After I read that i felt about an inch tall and a centimeter deep. How could I as a follower of Jesus Christ claim to love Him and ignore this woman. I looked at her again. Her legs were so swollen they looked like massive tree branches. Her shoes worn out. Her clothing old and smelly. She had empty coffee cups next to her and her hands were resting on two plastic sacks with scarves in them. Probably the only possessions she owned. That is when I had to laugh. It would have been so convenient to look the other way, to clump her in with the scammers, to find some excuse to ignore her. But here was the Word of God living and active right before me with the very scenario that I was facing. I had two choices, to listen and obey or to stay in my comfort zone and walk away. I was humbled and I began to pray that God would help me to show the Love of Christ to this poor and hurting woman. I needed to forget about my comfort zone, to ignore the smell, and to see past the physical barriers that would keep me from loving this woman as if it were Christ Himself.
God’s sense of humor had done it one more time. I had been humbled and taught a valuable lesson, but I had to laugh at the irony He used in doing it. So let me ask you, if you were to stand before Him today would you be a sheep or a goat?