Their laughter fills the air, as they joyously jump around.
Picking up worn out tires and broken sticks, they get ready to play a game.
As one rolls the tire, the other one chases it with a stick to keep it going. It’s a game that can go on for hours, yet it’s with garbage they found on the side of the dirt path that is considered their road.
Many of us look as these children that live in the slums, that live with almost nothing and yet most of them have smiles that leave us questioning. We see endless children in Africa that almost seem happy…yet they have nothing?
It makes me almost smile to think about it.
They have nothing, yet they are joyful with the little they possess.
Most of us have our basic needs met and far more, yet lack true joy.
I feel that they have discovered a part of the Kingdom that we lack,
because we are the rich, that Jesus describes,
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matthew 19:23-34
How sobering is that to realize…we are the rich that Jesus talks about in the Bible. Regardless if we seem rich in our own eyes…we are the rich in the eyes of the world. Half the world lives on less than a dollar a day..we are rich. We are the rich young man that walks away from Jesus when He says,
“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” v.21
Why is that? Why do we walk away when Jesus cries out,
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
I believe it is because we are so captivated by ourselves, by society and by our culture that we lose sight of Him who came not to be served by to serve (Matthew 20:28). Who calls us to help the least of thee (Matthew 25:40) and to live as He did. Now I am not blaming you for being rich, I am not telling you to become poor, I am asking you to seek the Lord’s face and ask Him what He desires of you.
To not hold so tightly onto your wealth, your time, your life and your own wants, but to lay them down and pick up the cross that Jesus is asking you to carry.
For when we begin to see ourselves as someone or something important, we lose sight that Jesus is calling us to walk as He did, humbly and meek, loving the least of thee and stopping for the one. So often we are caught up in our own lives and wants, that we walk past others daily that need love…most of all need Jesus.
We get caught up in living for this world, that most of what we do has no eternal value.
For those in Africa and around the world, that although may not be rich in the worlds eyes, most of them are rich in faith. They are filled with joy because they have nothing else to depend on other than God. They have nothing else to lean back on, that the let God be who He is, our provider, our rock, our strength, and so on. Us here in the western world, although we may not face poverty as half the world does, we face spiritual poverty-for we are caught up fending for ourselves, being successful and gather riches, that we do not need to depend on God as they do. Rather than letting God be who He is, we limit Him in our lives, fearful that He might ask us to let something go or call us somewhere we aren’t willing to do. We limit Him to being someone far over there, rather than Our God who is with us, who cares for us and who will meet our deepeset need if we are willing to let Him.
Our God came, being born in a manger, riding on a donkey and being spit on and beat, to show us that it’s not about this world…it’s not about fame, it’s not about money, it’s about serving Our Father who has greater things instore for us after this life. It’s about letting ourselves be less so He can be greater. It’s about humbling ourselves to see that we are no greater than the dirt on the ground and those who eat off of it, are just like us..we are no greater than them, but we are able to show them a greater love so that although they may never be rich in the eyes of the world, they will be rich in the Kingdom.
For when we allow ourselves to be humbled and to sit with the lest of these, coming down to their level and letting the pedalstood we stand on be kicked out under us, then and only then are they able to see Jesus and no longer us. For it is when they see we are just like them, then they can really see who Jesus is. For there is nothing that we are too good for, there is nothing we aren’t able to do or are too above-
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very natureof a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father
I pray that the Lord brings you a deep revelation of the life He is calling you to live. May by His grace He empower you to live as He did, opening your eyes to see those around you and be moved by compassion to do as He did. May through the Holy Spirit you are filled with His love to pour out onto others, seeing yourself as less and them as greater, in Jesus name, may He bring forth a revelation of His truth that will transform your heart, amen.
For sometimes, it takes one person to step out, in faith, when no one else is to create a ripple effect of change. It takes one person to have a passion, a desire for seeing the word of the Lord be seen through their lives, that change happens. May you not just “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, decieving yourselves.”James 1:22
May you ask Our Father, to reveal through the Holy Spirit areas of your life that you have been holding onto instead of surrending to Him. May you ask Him areas of your life you need to submit. May you repent and seek His face and live as He calls you to, so that His word will shine through your life and the lost will be saved, the naked will be clothed, the hungry fed and the broken be healed by the name of Jesus.
May you put aside your time, your wants and your need to gather and seek the Lord-giving Him the firstfruit of your time, of your wealth, of your life.
For Jesus meets us when we call upon His name. He meets us when we place Him first, when we become lesser and He becomes greater. He is seen, when we no longer see ourselves as someone of importance. He is needed when we stop placing such high depenancy in ourselves and our abilities. He is able to make all things new and to use our little lives for His glory.
For love looks like something. Jesus is love and He does.