On Saturday a homeless man came by one of the CommuniD BBQs. He asked not for food, but to be able to help on the grill for a few, then he had to go. Help he did and then he left.
A couple hours later he returned offering to buy a hamburger. I told him he can’t buy them, they’re free. He asked if I’d take a tip. I said no, but we accept donations. He pulled out his wallet and had $5 in singles. He handed me $4 and said, “I just need to keep one for myself. I thank God for what you guys are doing. Praise Jesus.”
Reminds me of this story: Mark 12:41-44 NIV
“God always before money. Always.” – Steve Andrews
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
What does this mean for me? Coming out of bankruptcy? At what point am I being irresponsible?
I’ve been learning that God doesn’t promise safety or wellness or happiness. He doesn’t promise company or community. And as I’ve learned this, I’m realizing that I haven’t loved Jesus much for who he is. I’ve loved him more for what I thought he had promised me. So, having realized what a shallow self-centered Christian I’ve been, the question is will I begin to find my joy in knowing him and being with him rather than knowing he will give me what I want.