I received a number of questions about my post yesterday. I think the most popular question was "Do you really consider not replacing the toilet paper roll indicative of selfishness in a person?" My answer is quite simply "Yes, I do."
Let me further explain why. Our society today is geared towards speed and convenience and what we need to satisfy our needs or wants RIGHT NOW. We have TiVO and DVRs that let us record and pause live television so we don't miss anything or so we can fast forward the commercials during a recording so we can get to the end of the show we are watching. Our noses are buried in iPads, smartphones, computers, eReaders, or whatever your electronic vice is. We aren't looking at what is going on around us. We don't see the people that need Jesus or a smile or a friend. We are walking around like no one else exists. We have little to no interaction with real live people. Some of us are even rude enough to stay on our cell phones talking while we are in the checkout line at the grocery store. When does that give us an opportunity to be followers of Christ?
And yet...it is so much more than just being followers of Christ. I was reading in Hebrews last night and God started stirring something in my heart. It isn't complete yet, but look at Hebrews 3:12-14:
Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.
We are to exhort each other daily. How can we do that without noticing who and what is around us? How can we do that if we do not practice obedience to the Word of God and be the light and salt of the earth? The City on a Hill?
Matthew 5:14-16 - "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
How does our light shine? By our works. By the love and consideration we show others. Our lights shine bright to those around us when our priorities are right and we are focusing on being obedient to the Word of God. Not only when we want to or when it is convenient for us. But at all times...we are to do ALL things as unto the Lord.
Colossians 3:23-25 - And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.
If the Lord were standing in front of us, then would we not do all of the little things I mentioned yesterday? Wouldn't we do whatever we could to show our love, our consideration, to show Him our priority was focused on Him? I know I would so how could I do no less than the same to fellow man...especially when the Word says to...
Consider replacing the toilet paper roll, opening a door for someone, letting the guy in the checkout line with only 2 items go ahead of your full basket as training. When we do these little things, we are training ourselves to put others first. Being faithful in the little things brings faithfulness in the bigger things.
Luke 16:10 - "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much."
I do not consider the scripture above to only mean stewardship of things or money, or other material items. I consider the above scripture to mean faithfulness in all things. But that is just my opinion...
Have a great Thursday, my friends. May the God of Peace be with you.
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