Tuesday, September 28, 2021

A Kind Word

This just might make you stop and think. You never know what a kind word, a phone call, or an impromptu visit will do for someone else.

Just imagine a cold Sunday winter day. The church parking lot was slowly filling up. As a visitor was getting out of his car, he noticed some church members were whispering among themselves as they walked toward the church. As the visitor got closer, he saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the church. He was almost lying down as if he was asleep. He had on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds. The hat on his head was pulled down so that his face was not exposed. His shoes were worn and looked as if they were 30 years old, with his toes poking out of them. The visitor assumed that the man was homeless and asleep, so he walked on by through the doors of the church.

The people gathered to fellowship for a moment in the foyer of the church, when someone mentioned the man outside. Some snickered and some gossiped but no one bothered to ask him to come in. A few moments passed and the service began. The congregation proceeded with comments regarding the whereabouts of the pastor when suddenly the church doors opened. 

In walked the homeless man, proceeding down the aisle with his head down. Some people gasped as he walked by, some whispered with strange looks upon their faces. The man made his way down the aisle and up to the pulpit, where he took off his coat and hat. You could have heard a pin drop. There stood the pastor. He took his Bible and laid it on the pulpit.

"Folks, I don't think I have to tell you what I am preaching about today," he said. "Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan, but I have a question that we all should ask ourselves," he continued, "How to get to know your neighbor"?

How do we let God's light shine in our lives? Did you know that there are some people like this and that there are some churches like this? They have become so HOLY that they cannot reach out to people in need. I like to call it, Being so heavenly minded that they're no earthly good.

God may send someone like this into your life. Be careful how you react. You could be entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2). There could be a blessing in disguise just for you. What will your response be?

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