Give Me Your Heart

So many people with a judgmental opinion seek to condemn people that are going through hard times. Look at a homeless man on the street; with out considering of what the man has been through, most will form an opinion at first glance. Most will think things like why doesn’t he just get a job, bum, dead beat and so on. No one ever thinks about the man and his struggle. What brought the man to the point of homelessness? What has driven the young couple to the point of eviction or loss of utilities, lack of food? And so forth.

I have heard this quote, “people say you need to do something, you haven’t worked in 6 month’s, I am sure you can find something if you just look”. Most say this with out even knowing how hard the struggling soul has tried to find work.  I have heard others say; “oh he’s just lazy he doesn’t want to work”. With out seeing how hard the soul has to struggle just to survive.

Most people tend to compare their own lives and circumstances to the less fortunate and say things’ like if I was him id get a job or I’d never let my self get into that circumstance or situation. Or I would do what ever it takes… Well all are judgments.

We would all like to think the circumstance of poverty, joblessness or homelessness is laid strictly on the hands of the individual and that it could never happen to us, but really is it truly in our own power?

If we truly believe in God and his will for us and His desire to be our provider and our provision, do we still think that we should still try to control our circumstances?

Think on what this says in;

James 4:13-17 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.  

Some use this argument from Paul that if we do not work then we should not be allowed to eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

This is a misconception. Paul was ministering to a body of believers in Thessalonica, a community that came together as a Church body. It was practice during Paul’s time for the church to have a communal structure. Everybody came together and offered their goods and support, all doing their part as one body. What Paul was getting at was that if some were in the body and they were not willing to do their fair share of work but rather stir up trouble and gossip then they didn’t deserve the benefit that the others provided. Paul did finish off his statement with, 2 Thessalonians 3:13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

I would have to agree with Paul. If we lived in a communal society and we all had gifts and talents and goods to offer the Church and some one was lacking in their responsibility and causing trouble, then the person should not benefit from the group but also they should not be put to shames nor judged but we should admonish (Advise or urge them earnestly) to lead them back to the right place.

However, this is most definitely not what is going on in the lives of most distressed people in today’s capitalistic society. Our economy is failing and, unemployment is at a record low.  People are struggling. The one thing to be sure of is each person’s struggle is unique to that person. So consider this, is judging some one because of their circumstances doing good? No!

To form an opinion of a persons by his circumstances based upon an outward appearance, comparing them to your own circumstances, is judging them and by nature of the flesh and inherent evil.

Luke 18:9-14 And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 16:15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Self exaltation steams from man trying to be right with God or trying to take Gods place in his own provision.

Ever since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden man, has been made to be the provider. Man suffered a separation form God and has had to make his way in the fallen world by the sweat of his brow.

We as men must strive and work hard all the days of our lives to support our wife’s and families and to buy all of necessities and the toys that will bring us happiness.

From birth the world teaches man that must serve mammon. We are taught that we must be bigger, better, stronger, that we need to grow up and get a good education then get a good job and make lots of money so we can get the attention of the perfect women, have kids and live happily ever after.

If we don’t fit into that mold then the world sees us as failures. We have been taught to serve mammon. This is the system that the ruler of this world has set up to distract us form what God has truly laid out for us.

This learned behavior of worshiping and serving mammon is what leads us to judge those that are destitute, or as the world see it lazy, worthless, bums or what ever.  Serving mammon is self serving and it leads to all kind of evil.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Have you ever wonders why we have such a commercial society. Take a look at the media, Television, Radio, Magazines and the Internet. What do you see? It is a continual barrage of advertisements for the next best shining new thing. You have to have this or that because the guy down the block has one. If you don’t have one also then you the world tells you that you are a, nobody. You begin to look at your self and being worth less then your neighbor.  Past that the world tells you to take this diet pill or go to this gym because if you don’t look like a super model or the incredible hulk then you are nobody. This is the world and mammon…

Understand this; everything in the world system is based on mammon. Everything we choose to serve in the world we are choosing to serve mammon.

The thing here to understand is that we can choose not to serve the world and mammon. The Word of Gods says.

Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon

It so important to understand that in order not to judge someone that does not have everything that mammon and the world has to give. We ourselves can not be a slave to the world and mammon. Our own servitude to mammon is what leads us to scoff and judge those that don’t have all the things that this world and mammon offer…

As believers, Gods word tells us not to be lovers of this world.

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.

God never intended from man to be lacking in anything. Man disobeyed God and was separated from God and left to his own self effort. So mans own self effort with out God to achieve the things of God are what stand in mans way of all of the blessings that God wants to provide for him.

Men with out God, living in the world and, of this world, are under the control of sin, the flesh and the devil. Every evil lust prevails in his life. Man can only be bound by sin and thus is lead down to destruction.

Addiction, greed, poverty, prostitution, violence, sickness and many other curses leave fallen man in a state of despair. For many it is too great of a burden to bear. This leaves them hopeless, destitute, homeless, lacking.

With out God there is no provision. No hope. So man just gives up and sinks into poverty and despair and until he comes to an end he will not rise up. This is what Christ Jesus saw when he laid his life down. He saw a people with out hope.

Unlike many believers today there was no judgment in Christ. The proof is in what he what he said with his dying breaths. He said,

Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

 A born again man trying to achieve the things of God under his own self effort is still under the control sin (the law), the world and the devil. The difference is that this man has salvation. God however draws man unto Him self and once a man becomes saved there are two directions a man can go. One to legalism and self serving to become right with God (its’ all about what I have to do to please God) or he begins a transformation and allows Gods Grace through the Holy Spirit to work in him (surrender to Gods will and the realization that Christ has already paid the price for his salvation, sin, and death).

A man that holds onto the things of this Earth is still in servitude to the ruler of this world and serves mammon. Because he was does not realize he has been set free from sin and because he doesn’t realize that God wants to be his provider.

Trusting in “yourself” or self serving is self effort and in trying to become righteous through you own effort only leads to self righteousness. Self righteousness leads to a judgmental attitude. Remember the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

Luke 18:9-14 And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. ‘I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I get.’ “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’ “I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Are we so self-righteous that we look down upon our fellow man and our neighbors and judge them because they don’t have what we have or the ability to get what we think that they should have? Do we judge them because they may not have the ability to do the things we do or to get the jobs we think that they should be working at, or to live lives we think that they should be living? Who are we to judge? We do not have that right!

When we judge those that are lacking in what the world sees as prosperity, God calls “Insolent Pride” The Psalmist wrote,

Psalms 75: 4-7 “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn; Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.’” For not from the east, nor from the west, Nor from the desert comes exaltation; But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.

Do you know the mind of God? Can you tell whether God is working in a man’s life? Can you tell whether a man if hurting or if he is disabled and unable to work to gain the proper housing or necessities?  Do you know if God is working in a man allowing him to be under discipline for a greater purpose?

God’s disciplines in a man’s life are His, who are we to judge?  Who’s to say that the person you are judging as a deadbeat, lazy or loser is not in fact being disciplined by God for a greater purpose.

It is so easy for us to judge and even to offer up our own advice but, shouldn’t we just stop and have compassion and try to understand what others are going through before judge and condemn? The stress of lack, struggle just to survive is hard enough in life with out someone looking down your nose judging and offering up their own advice as to what they think someone should do.

Understand this. You never know if someday, it could be you losing your home, your utilities, food, and your comfortable life. Haven’t’ you ever heard the saying, “There but for the GRACE of God go I”?

Give me your eyes for just one second, Give me your eyes so I can see, everything that I keep missing, give me your love for humanity. Give me your arms for the broken hearted the ones that are far beyond my reach. Give me your heart for the one's forgotten. Give me your eyes so I can see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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