Homeless: Sheep VS Goats (Guest Blog)

Here is a blog by Glenn Kaiser, who I follow. He puts out some very good points on homelessness and believers. Please check out his blog. 

Homeless: Sheep Vs. Goats

With permission, I snuck in and sat in the back (next to my wife!) of a kind friend’s seminar on homelessness today. “Snuck in” because it was Deeply Rooted, a women’s fellowship, worship and teaching gathering.

I had no idea Beth was going to discuss The Bonus Army [see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonus_Army ] or key issues of African-Americans immediately after the American Civil War as elements of history to help us understand homelessness.

Indeed, today, Veteran’s Day in the U.S., far too many vets are in deep trouble!

Jesus in Matthew chapter 25 lists 6 things we need to be concerned with if we profess to love God and neighbor; indeed if our attitudes and choices reflect being one of His or not:

To read the rest of the article please go to: Homeless: Sheep VS. Goats

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Galatians 5:13 The Right Use Of Freedom

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13

As has been stated multiple times, people love their freedom. God has built it into people to desire to be free. The reason for that is that people are called by God to be free.

When God had created Adam and Eve, He had made them free. They were free to roam about the Garden of Eden and eat any fruit that they wanted. There was only one rule and that was to not touch a certain tree. There was no large rule book with a bunch of things to do or not to do. They knew what true freedom was.

However, they fell into sin, which became a bondage to slavery. Every person since then has been subject to that bondage. No one has been free since, in their own power. This still did not negate the call God had on people’s lives to be free.

As a believer, you are still called to be and live a free life. This freedom, however, is not a license to indulge in the flesh. Indulging in the flesh is living to please yourself. It is serving yourself rather than others.

Most believers will say that they want to serve God. Serving God also means that you will serve other people. This is to be done with humility and in love. Realize that you are not deserving the life you have and serve others out of gratefulness to God for the life He has given you. Serve out of love for others and for God.

Use your freedom that God has given you to meet the needs of others. Do not be like the world and use your freedom to just build yourself up and have fun. This freedom in Jesus is greater and more free than any freedom that the world can give you.

I pray today that you will know the freedom Jesus has called you to; that you will use your freedom to serve God and others; that you will have the love God has for others; and that you will choose to live in true freedom for God and not to yourself.

2 Corinthians5:15 Not Living For Self

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15

In this world everywhere a person looks the views of most people are what is in it for themselves. Each person wants the best for his own life.

When a person goes to purchase a new car at a dealership, he is trying to get the lowest price possible. He is thinking about his own money, rather than thinking about the salesman who is trying to make a living for his own family. It is about himself, not someone else.

There are some wealthy people who give lots of money to some great organizations to help others. Although it looks good, often the purpose of giving the money is not so much to help others, but to get a tax write-off. Again, it is about self, not others.

When Jesus left the glories of heaven to come to earth it was with you and all others in mind. As He walked on this earth, He was focused on doing God’s will with you in mind. Ultimately Jesus died on the cross for you. Jesus died so that you might live.

Never once was Jesus living for Himself. His entire life on this earth was always about you and everyone else. His purpose was to save everyone.

Jesus died and rose again for you. No one can give or do for you anything more than He did. As a believer, you should live your life in the same way. You should be living to serve Jesus and others.

If you are living to serve Jesus, your whole purpose in this life will not be about yourself. It will not be about how much you can get or do. It will be about how many you can reach for Jesus. It will be about how many you can compel to follow Jesus.

When you are living for Jesus, He will provide for you. You will not have to worry about yourself. Your focus will be on Jesus, and His focus will be on taking care of you.

Die to yourself today, and live for Jesus, the One who died and rose again for you.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that God will show you how to live for Him; that God will reveal to you ways to reach the lost; and that God will build His kingdom through you.