On Monday, Kay and I went to see the doctor. We took the city bus, as usual. Upon the return home, a gentleman also came to the stop and sat down. He saw something on the sidewalk which attracted his attention. When he got up and bent down to the sidewalk I could see what he was picking up, not a penny, not a coin. It was a cigarette butt with just a quarter of the butt left to smoke. Instantly, I knew him to not be poor, but also homeless.
My heart burned with a desire to reach out and touch to make his pain and suffering, if to go away, at the least, to lessen his burden. I spoke with him and asked if he were a veteran. He said he was not. That day, I prayed with and for him. When he got off the bus, the tears began to flow, I could not stop therm.
If those of us who claim to follow Christ actually took His message to heart there would be no poverty in this world. If we, who call ourselves followers of Jesus, did as He taught us, there would be no social classes, no disenfranchised. That message is to keep only that which is necessary and give the rest to the poor, the widows, the infirm, the disenfranchised.
The fact that Heaven can be here, in the now, seems to be ignored by the vast majority of those who claim to be Christian. As long as we live for the self, as long as we think only of the me, myself, and mine, we cannot follow Christ. We may well fool others into thinking we are His followers; but, we cannot fool the one who we claim to follow. He knows our hearts, our every thought, our every move. On that day, the day when He issues His judgment, will His words be "Depart from me, I never knew you." Or, will His words be "Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter now into the Kingdom I have prepared for you." There is no gray area. The free will we have been given allows only for an 'either, or' choice. Either we follow His teachings to the letter, or we do not. It is just that simple.
"When you have done it to the least of these, you have done it to me" The least of these: the homeless, the poor, the orphans, the widows, those in prison, the marginalized, the disabled, the handicapped (whether physical, emotional or mental; it matters not to God). We are meant to live a very simple life without the trappings of this life: cars, houses, jobs, money, stocks and bonds, possessions of any shape, form or fashion. We are meant to begin living in this life as though we were already in the next!
The question then becomes, where do you stand? Do you truly feel you can fool God? Do you, in all honesty, believe not only in Christ, but His teachings as well? Or, do you carry serious doubt in your heart? Or, is it these are my "things, possessions, attachments" they are mine and mine alone.