There is a story about a passenger ship that is sailing, and everyone can see a bearded man on a small island who is shouting and desperately waving his hands. One passenger asks the captain, “Who is that?” The captain responds, “I have no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes nuts.”
Lol. Oh, I know it is a silly story, but it is one you live every day. Oh? You don’t recognize it do you? Well, yesterday while you were driving down the road you saw that car on the shoulder of the road, but did you stop to help? What about that guy who was standing on the side of the road with that sign, “Will work for food.” How about that family in your neighborhood who lost their father? Did you offer any comfort to them? I think you get my point.
Oh, I realize that is rather tough, but in truth, we are ambassadors of Heaven, empowered by our Lord’s Spirit, and we need to act like it. I told a friend of mine about the time I was in the hospital, I was able to share the message of Christ, pray with a couple of the nurses — who one in fact, still receives these emails!
My friend was surprised that I would speak to so openly, but I explained that my Christian Faith is not what I believe . . . it is what I am. Some will refer to their heritage by saying, “I’m Dutch, or I’m German . . .” Me? I say, “I’m a Disciple of Jesus.” It describes who I am and how I behave. I make no apologies nor any excuses. Jesus is my Lord, my Messiah, my Redeemer — and my dear sweet friends. I call on our Father every day, and I rejoice that we are all one (see John 17).
Now every day I send out these messages in the hope you will be encouraged to change and be able to make the same claims to your identity. So, here is my invitation to start your New Year: First, call on Jesus to be your Lord and Redeemer. Secondly, allow the Spirit of Yehoveh to come alive in your life and guide you to the Truth of His Word. It is just that simple!
Once you have done that, allow the Spirit of God to move you to touch those who have needs. Ask Him to open your eyes to see the needs, and then urge you to meet them! Sometimes, that is what we need the most: an “urge,” a “nudge,” to touch those around us. So, once the Spirit of God “nudges” you, you must follow His prompts, and reach out to those in need. Yes, it may be so momentous that you sell your house and all of your belongings and move to the other side of the world. But more than likely, it will as simple as taking cookies to your neighbors who just had a baby. Be guided by our Father’s love, and what He has done in your own life.
Ooh, ooh! I felt the Spirit of God prompt me to caution you! Do NOT mistake His promptings from those “urges,” of the flesh. If you follow your flesh, it may cause you to make severe and costly mistakes. Listen to that still, small voice. I will NEVER scream or override your own will.
(I send out messages like this each morning in emails, and if you are interested in receiving them, send me your email address and I will add you to the list. However, you can also find these messages at: Thought For The Day)