I was listening to a preacher this morning talking about his mission trip to the Amazon. While he was talking the thought hit me that on a daily basis we take for granted everything we have – not just the material things but also the spiritual gifts we have been given. We take for granted the supernatural aspects of creation, how the Father set everything in motion, to sustain all the inhabitants of earth, how the Father is with us at all times.
Many churches go on mission trips to third world countries trying to reach the lost. What about the people that live near the church? What about the homeless person living under a bridge? What about the elderly person that is homebound? I am not saying that the mission trips to third world countries are not important. I am trying to emphasize that there needs to be a focus placed on people in the community.
There are many people around the world, even people right next door to us, that appear to have their lives in order. They have a good job, a roof over their head, a car, food on their table but have not received the spiritual gift from Yahuah. They are lost, not knowing that the Bible is the truth, that Yahuah is real, and that Yahushua died on a cross so that they could have a life unimaginable in the Kingdom.
There are others out there that say they believe, but only believe because they think it will get them something. They think that if they go to church and say they believe that it will keep them from going to hell. Jeremiah 17:10 says:
"I, Yahuah, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.
They have been deceived. They are lost. Yahuah knows their heart. HE knows if their intentions are pure.
My husband and I had the opportunity to meet a young lady named Hannah a few days ago. Hannah is twenty-eight years old. She was searching. She had never really been told about GOD but knew that something was missing in her life. She had just recently gotten a Bible and was reading, searching for the truth. Yahuah brought her to our house so that my husband and I could witness to her.
The thought of a person in Alabama not knowing that Yahuah exists and that HE loved them, and was there for them, was surprising. After all this is in Alabama the heart of the Bible belt. According to www.expertgps.com there are 12,833 churches in Alabama. (There are probably more not listed on this site). How is it possible that Hannah was not aware of Yahuah?
We take for granted our relationship with Yahuah. Think about what HE has given us – Not the material things but, the things we cannot touch but know that they come from HIM.
HIS Son dying on the cross for our sins/our eternal life
The Holy Spirit to dwell in us – to guide us.
Peace – Knowledge – understanding that we are not alone
Unconditional Love – we are worthy
He is our comforter
Healing of emotional wounds – removing the shame and guilt - A slate washed clean
He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins – Col. 1:13-14
Where would you be if someone had not told you about Yahuah? What would your life be like? Would you be miserable, depressed, angry, hopeless, etc? Think about your life now. Count your blessings and be thankful that someone took the time to lead you to the truth. Be thankful that you have a Father that is long suffering and loves you in a way unfathomable.
Now think about your daily walk with the Father, remember that we were lost without a future in the Kingdom. We were sinners, nothing more than filthy rags. Yet, Yahuah loved us and sent his son to be our guide, our role model, our example. He obeyed the FATHER’S commandments, he loved, he showed compassion to people that man had deemed unworthy. Think about what he did for US – the pain he bore for US.
What does Yahuah expect from us? What are we supposed to be doing?
Reading HIS word. It is the TRUTH
Loving our neighbor
Witnessing to the unbeliever
Being an example of love, kindness, and faithfulness
How many people do you encounter on a daily basis? Does the light of Yahushua shine through you? Or are you just like everyone else?