What would you do for Jesus? Below, I will give five scenarios to think about and pray on…
1. What if you were told to stop your car and help a homeless man in need. Would you do it? How about if you knew that this man was severely cold and dehydrated and that in his current situation, could very well die over night? Would this change things? The coat on your back and food and drink from a fast food restaurant could mean life or death for this man. You may be the angel this man has been waiting for. That is, if you are willing to answer God’s call when things matter most. You greeting this homeless man with your coat, food and a drink would breathe new life into Him and may even point Him to God. Doing this would also show your true love for God and one another. Now read what Jesus said about giving to those in need below…
Matthew 25:34-40 (KJV)
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
2. What if you felt that God was calling you to help a family member, friend, co-worker or neighbor in need. Would you do it? How about if you knew that this family was living on food stamps and the children were going to go to bed hungry that night. The money you give them and/or the food that you give them could give the health and nourishment those kids and family needs. It could also brighten their future a little if some of their financial needs were covered. So why not answer God’s call and do something kind for someone in need. When you ring their doorbell, it may change their entire life and even their outlook on God and people. Now read what Moses said about helping a person that has fallen into poverty below…
Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)
7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.
9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the Lord against thee, and it be sin unto thee.
10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto.
11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.
3. What if you were prompted to go out and share the gospel on the streets? Would you do it? How about if you knew that God was preparing a woman in need for you to meet and talk with. This woman is currently on a destructive path but all that could change based on you meeting her and sharing your faith with her. Knowing this, would this give you more of a desire to serve the Lord? Surely, these opportunities yield much fruit for the Lord’s kingdom. Those that may not be saved now, have a chance to be saved and go to heaven. Now read what Jesus said about being a witness or light for Him in this world below…
Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
4. What if you were in a very bad situation, having lost your job or home and or in a divorce and lost your kids. These trials would surely tug at your faith and have you question things. Now, in all this, God will still tug at your heart, in order to not lose track of Him and His desires for your life. Would you be willing to listen to God, even when everything feels like it is falling apart? Satan wants to tear us down and make us feel unworthy in our trials, but God wants to pull us out of it. It depends on the choices we make, is the path that we will be on. God is looking at our lives and who is willing to go all the way for Him. Now read what James said about being patient in our trials and temptations and continuing in prayer to God below…
James 1:2-6 (KJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
5. Lastly, what if God needed you even when your life and your families lives could be at stake. Would you still be God’s witness? You could very well attempt to get out of the situation by denying Jesus or lie about your belief system, but this would be you on a destructive path also. However, to go through the situation at hand in all faithfulness to God, is what He asks. What we do in persecution shows a lot about our true character and our belief in Christ, even when lives are at stake. So the question is, are you willing to die for Christ? Now read what Jesus said about persecution and how these people are blessed for His sake below…
Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Let us pray:
Lord, I know that You are so willing to lead us, even though most times we are not listening or ignore Your call. You want to do great things for our lives but we are often too busy to respond. I pray that this will end today, not just for me but all people that believe in You, Jesus. May every person that says that they are a believer, also obey You and do Your will in every way possible. Even when times are hard, I know that You have the best intentions for our lives and will help us through anything. When it feels like things can’t get any better, I am assured that this is just a test of my faith and the patience you bring, will help me through it. Lord, I know that with every situation you put us in, it is for our good. When you convict us to stop and help a homeless man, I know this is very important and therefore, I will do it. When I hear that a person has fallen into poverty, with Your love, I will visit them and care for their needs. When I am called to be a witness for Your Name, I will do it in faith, knowing that You will fill me with words to speak. Even in persecution, I will not be ashamed of my testimony of You, Jesus. Therefore, I am willing to go all the way for You, including giving up my life for You. You are my God and it is better to fulfill Your calling for my life than anything else. I am comforted to know that You are my guide. Thank You Lord for showing me the way. I love You God. In Your Holy Name, Jesus, amen.