(Follow-up from yesterday, ‘Tween God and Me – Coat)
“Oh, God will give back to you a much better coat,” said a friend steeped in the faith of a seed-planting “it will return to you 30, 60, or 100 percent” believer.
“Well, trot on down to the Thrift Store and buy yourself one to replace it,” said my practical whole-lot-like-me sister.
Well, God didn’t give a coat back to me that was much better. And I didn’t go to the Thrift Store. I did get a new coat – black vinyl – for about $39.95 at Walmarts. And I never went cold. I hope the girl didn’t either. But even that coat would not make that bus bench warm.
I believe the Lord puts these kinds of “tests” in my journey more to help me, than to help someone else. I needed to learn what a “hesitant” giver I am. I needed to know how much joy could come from obedience. And probably a lot of other stuff about myself. Now I have no doubt the girl needed the coat. Imagine with me that her mother had been praying for a coat for her daughter. Maybe a nice coat would encourage both the mother and the daughter in how much the Lord loved them. Maybe God saw how he could “kill three or four birds with one stone” Oh, no, what a terrible phrase to use. I don’t see him as a killer of birds!
Another comment. It was interesting to me that the phone rang and held me back maybe to slow me enough so the girl was on the bench. If I had been three or four minutes earlier, she might not have been there.
Some credit my “love for my fellowman” as the motivation for this incident. Not so. I saw the girl; I passed her by without a thought until I was prodded by the words of God. There are a lot of good deeds being done by good people without even a belief in the Lord God. Good deeds are as nothing without the love of God. Give a cup of water – in my name…. Of course, good deeds are important to the earthly man, it just doesn’t cut it with the spiritual man. Scripture says our righteousness is as filthy rags. However, good deeds -hesitant or eager – should be an outcome of our salvation.
Another thing – how much of this was caused just because God knows I love to think of doing something to give him a good laugh. Many say and I guess it is true, that nothing we can do will make God love us more. But I really think we can do things which will bring pleasure to Him. Let my life so be a pleasure to you, my Lord.
In the Introduction, Westminister Catechism, “The chief end of man is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” And I believe God enjoys our enjoying Him!
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