Sunday, January 6th, 2013
The Beggar At Your Gates (Part 2)
Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging.
Luke 18:35 (NKJV)
And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
Acts 3:2 (NKJV)
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her...
Luke 13:10-12 (NKJV)
Where do you live? Where do you work? What path do you take to get from here to there?
Your physical address is not accidental. ' 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord' (Jeremiah 29:11). Wherever you are, God has a purpose there.
Look around. 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself' (Mark 12:31). How can you help even one person? 'A woman of Samaria came to draw water' (John 4:7), and Jesus struck up a conversation with her. It was a match of truth that not only changed her life, but also ignited a fire that lit her city--and surely spread beyond its borders.
Consider your address: If you live in Jesus and He lives in you, what would He do to help the people next to you?
'He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).
As a Man, that was His job description. Is it yours?
God has placed you in your job or school for a reason. Kids and teens: school bullying is epidemic. Take a risk with your popularity, because 'Friendship with the world is hostility toward God' (James 4:4). Befriend outsiders. They need help, and Satan's hand is extended. But your hand will stop his. Repeat after Jesus: 'Come, follow Me' (Luke 18:22).
'When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends... invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you' (Luke 14:12-14). Same goes for school lunches.
Adults cover their desperation better than kids, but the need for companionship is there. Seek out the loners.
'If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?' (Matthew 18:12).
Your path is not random. 'I will guide you with My Eye' (Psalm 32:8). 'The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go' (Joshua 1:9). God places people in your way to test you--whether it's a woman at a well, a blind man on the street, a sinner at your feet, a withered hand at church, a short guy in a tree, or the beggar at your gates.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Beggar At Your Gates series.