And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
I was striving at the end of our work day at B & C Egg Ranch. You see it had been a long day and I had to stay late to load eggs into a truck (every day was a long day pushing chicken manure). The real problem was this would make me late for class. I wasn’t going to have time to eat, wash the chicken stink off of me, and make it to class on time. My teacher for that class had a no tardy policy, I was in a heap of strife. That’s when a homeless guy walked into the egg ranch, just as I rounded a corner pulling a pallet full of eggs. By God’s grace I didn’t run him over or dump the load of eggs but there I was standing toe to toe and eye to eye with the homeless guy. Without thinking the unthinkable happened. I felt myself move from strife to compassion in a moment of time. Suddenly I was aware of the love of Christ inside of me. It happened so quick I had no time to think or figure this guy out, the love of Christ within me responded. At the end of the day that’s how we know we are saved, 1John 3:17 “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” Actually what started as a time of strife suddenly changed, as I drove home that evening I was reflecting on this evidence that Christ was living inside of my heart. Here is how Adam Clarke describes this verse.
“Here is a test of this love; if we do not divide our bread with the hungry, we certainly would not lay down our life for him. Whatever love we may pretend to mankind, if we are not charitable and benevolent, we give the lie to our profession. If we have not bowels of compassion, we have not the love of God in us; if we shut up our bowels against the poor, we shut Christ out of our hearts, and ourselves out of heaven.”
The Lord has met us at Victory Fellowship through an unusual Fourth of July Celebration, ‘Feed the Multitudes’. As we serve the poor in various ways, the love of Christ reveals itself in us to our surprise and for His glory.