1 John 3:17
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
During his days at seminary, Pastor Wallace volunteers regularly at a church-run soup kitchen.
He is walking there from class one day when he gets a craving for a whopper and fries. He whips into the Burger King, makes his purchase, and carries it with him.
Oh, the aroma of the juicy hamburger and crisp fries is so tempting, Wallace wants to sit right down on the curb and wolf them down. But, he is running late as it is. He will just have to wait until he's in the soup kitchen and grab bites here and there.
As he approaches the church, Wallace spies a scrawny, unkempt fellow sitting on the steps. His arms are wrapped around his knees. His head, covered by a soiled, red baseball cap, is bowed, hiding his face.
Wallace hesitates for a moment. He glances down at his Burger King bag, then looks back at the man.
Something nudges him from within.
Give him your lunch, Wallace.
The succulent burger . . . the savory fries . . .
"Surely," Wallace rationalizes, "this man is waiting for the soup kitchen doors to open. He will certainly be fed. With better food than what I'm about to eat."
Without a second thought, Wallace strides on to his destination.
Once there, he quickly dons an apron and hastily downs his now lukewarm fare.
He manages to get to his serving station just as the doors open.
As the parade of hungry and homeless pass by, Wallace searches for the skinny, disheveled man in the red baseball cap.
To no avail.
The man he thought would assuredly be first in line never shows . . .
Because, your lunch was his lunch.
"And, I'm convinced to this day," Pastor Wallace tells us, "that in not giving this man my lunch, I missed the opportunity to meet Jesus."
Are you missing opportunities to meet the Lord?
Will you pray with me?
Too often, Father, we avert our eyes and hearts from the needs of the poor and hungry. We assume that someone else will take care of them. In so doing, we miss our chance to see and serve Christ. Forgive us, Lord, and help us not to miss our next opportunity to show Your love to a person in need. Amen.
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