“And as ye would that men should do to you,
do ye also to them likewise.” ~Luke 6:31
Are we here to care only for ourselves—our wants—our needs? Were we created to fuss and fight our way through this life, and just look the other way when others are in need? We must all ask ourselves this one question, why am I here?
The above verse doesn’t mean if someone does us wrong, we should do wrong back to them! It means as we want others to do to us, we should do to them; in other words, how we want others to treat us is precisely how we should treat everybody!
However, this is not as easy as one might think. It is a really hard thing to do because so many people treat us so badly. Nevertheless, this is God’s universal law, so we must be willing to obey.
Once we put our agenda down and accept His perfect will for our lives—this is when the real living begins—this is when we start to discover why we are here.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
God has a plan, a really big plan for each and every one of us. All we have to do is stop trying so hard to run our lives as we see fit, and allow Him an opportunity to show us what we are really meant to be doing in this life.
“And the King will answer and say to them, assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren,
you did it to Me.” ~Matthew 25:40
I know I’ve referred to this verse before but it is by far the best Bible story to exemplify this principle. The King, of course, is Jesus, and the least of these are all of those in need. By reaching out to the needy we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us. Here’s is the rest of the story from the above verse in Mathew.
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?
And the King will answer and say to them, assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” ~Matthew 25:31-40
What we do to and for others is how we are spiritually choosing to treat Jesus. Think of our actions as the visible results of where our spiritual hearts are focused. If we are solely focused on ourselves, what we have, what we want, what others can do for us, how much fun we can get out of this life, and so on, our heart is not being used as a vessel of divine love!
However, if we ask the Holy Spirit to move into our hearts and clean out anything that doesn’t glorify God, He is happy to do so. Once we’ve accepted Jesus as Lord over our lives . . . we have accepted the indwelling of His Holy Spirit as well. And in so doing, we are now willing to be changed into a vessel of God’s love and goodwill. He can now use us in ways that we would never have ever thought possible.
My personal story is a most unfathomable faith walk indeed. When I gave my life to Jesus more than a decade ago, I had no idea how much He would change me. I couldn’t have ever imagined the changes that would take place in my life or, more importantly, in my heart.
Why am I here in Belize?
God prompted me and my husband to pick up and move to a country we had never even heard of. Through a long series of unrelated coincidences, we finally understood what He was leading us to do but didn’t know exactly why. Nevertheless, we sold our horse farm and got rid of nearly everything we had accumulated across the years. We packed what we could fit in our SUV, and shipped it to Belize.
Not until we arrived in Belize and traveled across the entire country, leaving a trail of crazy experiences in our wake, did we finally understand exactly what our calling was there. Not until we were led to the little village of Placencia did we finally become aware of why God had led us to Central America.
It wasn’t easy, and I’m not going to tell you we obediently walked on the path that God had laid out for us . . . because we didn’t. However, eventually, we accepted that He had a big plan for us, and knew we had to stop procrastinating and just get on board. And that big plan was the rebuilding of a little rundown church that was nearly destroyed by termites, mildew, and neglect.
My friend who had organized the collection of all these supplies also lined up the container and shipper as well. As God would have it, my friend was the owner of a company that builds chairs, and a few days before the container was to be shipped he had an order for fifty church chairs that was canceled. The chairs were already made and packaged. He didn’t have room to warehouse them. He told me the moment he received the cancellation it was a sign he should send them to Belize for the little church.
He explained to us he had prayed about my email request and was prompted to put the entire container project together. Talk about the hand of God! Oh, the mighty power of obedience. When we walk where He directs, He opens doors that no one else could ever open, and does things that are unimaginable.
The final miracle of the whole church project was a brand new boat motor that was also in the container when it arrived. You see, the lay-pastor of the little church lived on the mainland, a half-hour boat ride away. Every week he would come to church in his little boat which had a very old motor that didn’t always start.
I had previously mentioned to my friend that any assistance in getting Mr. Lincoln’s motor fixed would be greatly appreciated. He later told me that he had mentioned the church project to a friend. This friend of his was the man who sent the motor. He explained that God had prompted him to purchase a new motor and send it along with everything else. A brand new motor! God touched this man's heart so big that he felt he had to do this incredible thing.
Will God lead me in the right direction?
God will always lead a willing soul. He’s been at the helm of my life even before I chose to follow His lead. He is always trying to turn us onto the right path if we are willing to follow.
I had been inspired more than a decade ago to write a book about my life experiences. This book entailed my pre-meeting Jesus years as well as my most incredible life after accepting Jesus as my Savior. To my absolute amazement, it was published within a few months after its completion, and my publisher sold over 500 copies the very first year. I know that’s not a very big number as far as book sales go, but for a little, nobody author it was unbelievable.
Once we returned to the states from Belize, I was inspired to write more of my experiences. This desire to continue writing was fulfilled through following God’s lead to start our online ministry—this ministry—The Truth Mission! My husband and I were both prompted to do this. Jack was repeatedly moved to develop this website, and I was impressed to start blogging all that I had learned regarding Bible truths across the past ten years. The Truth Mission was most definitely an inspired collective effort between Me, and Jack and, God.
“He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love Me? And he said to Him, Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.
Jesus said to him, Feed My sheep.”
God prompted me multiple times with these two phrases . . . gather My sheep & feed my sheep! I had learned so much, so fast, regarding the truth of what the word of God really says that I was compelled to share. This desire to share what I knew grew experientially every day until my husband and I sat down together and created The Truth Mission website.
After developing and launching The Truth Mission six years ago, we were then prompted once again to move, this time to Florida to become a part of an organization that fed the homeless.
We were not only impressed by God to be involved with Isaiah’s Place, but He gave us the desire and the ability to develop and run a website for them, create logos and marketing materials, as well as financially assist and physically cook for and serve the homeless.
Feeding the homeless in St. Petersburg
“If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul,
then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness
shall be as the noonday.” ~Isaiah 58:10
He keeps leading if we follow!
As you continue to follow God's promptings—continue to go thorough the doors He opens, even more opportunities will arise.
Not long after our acceptance onto the board of directors of Isaiah’s Place, were we once again led on yet another mission. This time God impressed us to become involved in an international ministry. I had an opportunity to meet an evangelist from Pakistan, and he shared his needs with me. We chose to go through this door that God had opened and assist him with his ministry to help share the gospel in the middle east—reaching out to feed and clothe many needy widows and orphans as well as supplying Bibles.
Now, you must understand, this didn’t all happen overnight. It took years of trial and error, faithfulness, and backsliding until I completely committed to the will of God for my life. My husband and I have been on an ongoing faith walk, and have finally arrived at a place of mutual love and dedication to God in our conjoined life to do His will.
I’m now to the point in my life where I can clearly see the multitude of blessings all around me. I would have never thought of indoor plumbing as a blessing, nor would I have praised God for a kitchen sink or for that matter, a bathtub or a toilet! But that’s the simple truth of the matter—everything from the roof over my head to the clean bed to sleep in—a refrigerator full of food to eat whenever I’m hungry to clean water to drink as well as the toilet in my bathroom are all of the blessings I would never have truly appreciated before.
None of this awareness existed in me until Jesus opened my eyes by putting a desire to serve others into my heart. He woke me up through a multitude of ways—everything from leading me to share the Word of God through this website, to cooking and serving homeless people here in Florida— from challenging me to provide a wheelchair for a handicapped child in Pakistan to feeding and clothing orphans overseas.
It was never about me, it was always about Him. He led, I followed. It’s the willingness to follow that is the physical proof of the spiritual transformation. Next week I will continue to share this most incredible journey as we choose daily to follow as Jesus leads.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me..”
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