How many times have we looked at someone on the streets begging and we immediately began to judge that person?
They must be drug users, alcoholics, or, obviously they are weak and have mental issues. While a large part of the homeless community does fit into the above categories, there are so many others that do not. A forest fire, where your home and other’s homes were destroyed. A Job lost. A family emergency.
Are we ready and willing to help the poor, or pray for them on a regular basis? Our culture is one of, I’ve got mine, you better get your own dude.
The Mayor of Sacramento has asked each district counsel members to look for land that can be used for temporary housing for the homeless.
When I heard that a meeting was taking place in my area, regarding that commitment, I attended. It was a meeting of business owners, police, security officers and non-profits representing the homeless. Some of the business owners and security where like, not on my watch, or in my backyard. It’s going to affect my business, my home value, and what about the crime increase.
In this week’s podcast, The Dramatic Bible Reading Podcast, we were told to give to the poor and to pray for them. Jesus went to the poor and the sick.
Matthew 6 and 7
In the 16th verse of chapter 6, The Lord begins to tell us about fasting.
I recently had a crisis in my family, my son, and I heard the Lord tell me to go on a fast for him. During that fast, I had a deeper and closer understanding of what he was going through. It was like I felt his pain and suffering. Each time I wanted to eat something, I thought about what he was going through. Did me eating mean so much, or could I put that meal aside and continue to earnestly pray for his deliverance?
Now, when it comes to wealth, so many think, whoever has the most “TOYS” win in this lifetime. Jesus tells us that we can’t serve Him, if that is our priority. We will be torn between the two. Additionally, the example is pretty straight forward, when you think of a camel trying to get through that proverbial needle’s eye.
Next, He gives us the cure for anxiety. While we’re worrying and fretting about things we have little control over, we should be putting our trust in Him? The Allstate man can only do so much, LOL. No one knows what we need better than our Heavenly Father.
Judging, the Golden Rule, Fruit on Trees, (Humans), and which foundation to build on is the question for us today.
My constant prayer is for the Lord to keep me from judging people. I live in a community where there’s a lot of homeless people. It never ceases to amaze me, after talking with them, how smart some of them are, but they ended up on the streets. Some came from very middle class backgrounds, or in one rare case, a super wealthy family in the community.
The foundation I want to build on is the one that will be eternal, nothing else matters now. I wish I’d learned this years ago. I’m more at peace now and I love hearing the Lord through His word and His Spirit.
I’ve been blessed with talents and skills to help people.
As a real estate broker and minister, I meet so many people who need special help. Whether the people are being foreclosed on, need to find that special home, or just needed prayer, I’m blessed to be there to help them, and for that, I’m thankful.
Please pray with me for this lady, she is experiencing early onset dementia. She has agreed for me to help her, however she’ll probably not remember when I go back with the authorities to set up an mental evaluation. She needs help with managing her money, someone to help with the cleaning her home, or someone to take her shopping. Lastly, she so wants to start going to church again.
I believe the Bible when it says, we either build on temporary things, things that won’t last, or we build on His foundation of Truth, Love and Compassion.
Thanks for listening and praying with me.