I'LL TELL YOU WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO WORSHIP THE LORD!
*Remove the chains of prisoners chained unjustly!
*Free those who are abused!
*Share your food with everyone who is hungry!
*Share your homes with the poor and homeless!
*Give clothes to those in need!
*Don't turn away your relatives!
THEN YOUR LITHE WILL SHINE LIKE THE DAWNING SUN!.... WHEN YOU BEG THE LORD FOR HELP HE WILL ANSWER "HERE I AM!"
*Don't mistreat others or falsely accuse them!
*Give your food to the hungry and care for the homeless!
THEN YOUR LIGHT WILL SHINE IN THE DARK, YOUR DARKEST HOUR WILL BE LIKE THE NOONDAY SUN!... THE LORD WILL ALWAYS GUIDE YOU AND PROVIDE GOOD THINGS TO EAT WHEN YOU ARE IN THE DESERT....
***Do you notice that twice this passage tells us to feed the hungry and share our homes with the homeless? I wonder how many times the bible talks about us as Christians taking in the poor, the hungry, the lonely, the orphans, the homeless, the strangers, the widows ... and caring for them, sharing all we have with them? Maybe it is just where my passionate heart for God is most called, but I recall more references to caring for those in need than any other specific calling I can think of in the Bible! The great commission .. "GO and make disciples of all nations..". How many times is that in the Bible? Don't mistake me, I am not downplaying that, but I am very much talking "UP" about the calling for Christians to take a stand, arm themselves for battle, and make a real and willing difference in the lives of those God deems neediest!
How many Christians have an extra room, extra time on their hands, extra funds, a retirement fund, a large security savings? I am not telling you how to deligate your funds, but I am asking you to prayerfully consider how the Lord is calling you to use the blessings of abundance HE has given to you!
There are children DYING who never know the love of family, a full belly at night, the feel of fresh green grass in between their toes, the comfort of a mothers love when they are hurt, daughters who never know that there are good men... DADS who will stand up for them and respect them! HOW can they know their heavenly Father loves them when they are steeped in their miserable existence? GOD has given the earth the gift of children and we have thrown so many away! How my heart cries for the misery of these precious little ones! How I pray I am doing all God commands of me to help ease the suffering and bring JOY to the lives of those that I can! The closest thing to heaven is a child and yet look at how so many are treated? Is that how Heaven is to be treated????
Can you not hear the trumpet of the Lord ringing out the call to arms? Can you not feel the buzzing of your whole body to stand up and make a difference? Maybe the adoption of a child won't change the whole world, but for that one child the whole world will change! -- CR WHAT MORE CAN WE ASK FOR OUR LIFES PURPOSE?????