Earlier we had talked about exploring what matters to me and what matters to you.
We talked about it in somewhat general terms – and said that we’ll get more specific.
Let’s get more specific.
To start that out, I want to share with you a statement, I don’t believe it originated with him, that our Senior Pastor uses on a regular basis……
“I’m just one blind beggar trying to help other blind beggars find bread.”
and another one…..
“You are worse off and more undeserving than you could ever imagine.”
and at the same time
“You are more loved and cared for than you could ever possibly deserve.”
Combine those two and what do you have? You have someone who is no better than anyone else trying to lead a group of struggling sinners to see and accept the grace of Jesus.
And once you realize that and truly accept the gift that you’ve been given, how do you respond?
You look around.
You look around and see that there are other blind beggars around you.
You look around, see the blind beggars around you, and say, “Here, let me help you.”
And then you help them find bread.
You don’t just read Bible verses to them.
You don’t just write long posts on Facebook about different Bible passages.
You help them find bread. Physical bread when they are hungry. But more than that.
Meet them where they are. See their need and help meet their need.
““Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:34-40 NIV
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8 NIV
That’s what matters to me.
I hope it matters to you too.