What if, in your testimony about who Jesus Christ is in your life, you were not able to use words. What if, to witness to someone, you couldn't talk. Would your life reflect that of being Jesus' Disciple? I want to make something abundantly clear: Dante (myself), Lance and Gary have one major theme in common - we are all sinners saved by grace. Nothing that we can say or do will change that. We cannot earn our way to heaven any more than we could raise ourselves from the dead. Now that we got that part out of the way, I was struck by this video from one of my former Pastors (Jeff Klein from Walk the Way). He is a man and a pastor that communicates so well. As a matter of fact, when I first joined my church back in 2004, he was the teaching Pastor.
Jeff has a way with you the listener. He has a way of making you realize that he's been where you are. He understands what you are going through. He just happens to be a gifted speaker because he makes you feel relevant and you know that he really does care about you and your spiritual walk.
James 1:27 tells us, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." If you are saved and know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then you know, through Scripture, that we are promised gifts of the Holy Spirit. Some of us have gifts of giving, of administration, of hospitality...the point is to ask yourself this question: What does God want us to do?
Don't be a goat:
The Sheep and the Goats
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me,I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Let's not strive to be goats, but instead witnesses to and for Jesus.
Blessing in 2013,