These days with all the fights, politics, and complaining, I constantly have to remind myself to turn the other cheek and not throw my pearls before swine. If I’m being honest with you guys I have a really hard time continuing to be the God loving, zealous soul that God calls me to be. Sometimes I look and see all these people complaining, these people that don’t know God, and they just want to rant about all their problems, and my heart just wants to break. They have the time and resources to throw a pity party when there are children in the world with no food, no bed to sleep on, or a safe adult to go home to. Yet people want to complain that they hate masks, or that they can’t go to the pool. And I think to myself why? I can’t stop the complaining, and I can’t save the whole world from poverty, I can’t do it all. I can’t please the world, I cannot satisfy their unquenchable thirst. Then I stop and I remember to look up. I look up and I sense my Heavenly Father looking back at me with deep compassion. And He says “My child, you do not need to be their savior, they already have one, Jesus Christ.”
He also reminds me that the satisfaction we all thirst for can only be found in Heaven, and we all have to realize that on our own. We can preach, and we can share the Gospel truth with others, but it’s their own choice to accept it. We also have to remember that their yes to a life with Christ does not weigh upon our own judgement. God is delighted that you shared the truth, but the choices others make is not your fault. You can’t carry the world’s crooked sins upon your shoulders, only God can do that. And if you’ve read the Gospel of John you know that Jesus warned us of all of this, and throughout all the Gospels he often says that those who have less are often more open to the truth. The rich man is too full of the world, and thats why he goes away empty. The rich man remains empty until he realizes on his own that this thirst can only be satisfied through Christ alone. So what I am trying to say, is keep pushing on. Don’t throw your pearls before swine. Do not exhaust yourself trying to heal someone who does not have the faith to believe that they can be. The nagging people on facebook are like the people you see in the Gospel who see Jesus, but cannot be healed because they are so unaware of their spiritual poverty. They see God as mere solution to their problems, rather than the God that He is. These people need your prayers more than anything else, and a lot of em. If you try to give them advice, they will just suck the life right out of you, and make you feel hopeless for believing in a God that is good. It’s a trap, you resolve one problem, they will find another. So pray for them, and when they are ready to grow, they will let you know. In the mean time serve those who have real problems, but so often go unheard. You never hear the homeless vet cry out, and you never hear the child who sleeps on the floor of a meth lab cry out, no the rich are too loud, and they have their own solutions. Don’t want homeless vets? Then don’t protect our country from terrorism. Don’t want kids in meth labs? Abort them. All their solutions aim to get rid of the sufferer and not the suffering. These kind of people are selfish, they are thinking about themselves and the poverty that they do not want to see, they want you to focus on their problems.
Do not fall for that trap, because those in material poverty, need people like you, and you can’t give up on them. Sometimes we let the devil get under our skin, and we are too blinded by the stress to notice the small opportunities we have each day to serve others. We let ourselves grow weary and sometimes all they needed was to be told they are loved. We an be weary ad blindly give them food, shelter, etc, but what they really need is to know they are loved. They need to know that God sees them, and longs to be their source of refuge. The people of this world need to know that Earth is not their forever home. They need to know that if they live out their faith, and remain humble, that the Kingdom of God is theirs. They need to know that there is a place where there is no more sorrow and there in no more pain.Give them hope to keep on moving on. And I promise when you give yourself to people like that, you will find yourself leaving more full then you were before. You will finally understand what Jesus meant by His words I thirst. To give yourself to someone who has nothing to give in return, and leave full is something words cannot describe. It shows a glimpse of the value of one soul and the limitless power of the love of God.
This week I really did not want to tell too many stories, or use analogies because I just wanted to very clear. Which makes me kind of sad because I love stories and analogies, but I hope I got my point across. I want you to remember who you are, and how precious you are in the eyes of God. I want us to also remember that we must have grateful attitude each and everyday. So often we forget just how good our lives really are even though we don’t deserve it. If you want the world to be grateful, start with yourself and do it abundantly. A grateful attitude changes the world. Then lastly I thinks it’s appropriate to close this with the Beatitudes, but I don’t just want you to read it, I want you to really meditate on it and think about the words that stick out to you. Then leave room for the Holy Spirit to work and allow your heart to grow. Be humble, be kind, and remember who you belong to. And if you were wondering if this message was for you, it was 😉
"Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart,for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:3-12
P.S. you should check this out and just to clarify, by no means do I mean give up on people. I’m just trying to say don’t exhaust yourself over something out of your control.