Friday, May 08 2020
"Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. "Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side." Luke 10:31,32
I used to show great disdain for these men of God that passed by someone in need until I experienced it for myself and know why they kept going! Because it is a major undertaking to try and help someone in need! It literally cost me everything I owned in the past forty years of helping folks! Not to mention the times I was humiliated, talked about, slandered and threatened by lawsuits by the very people I was helping.
The previous story of the family I took out of the woods that were living in a bus should have been enough trouble for one man for a lifetime, but nooooo, not me because I am a glutton for punishment! This whole thing was a Holy Ghost setup to train, equip and sharpen my spiritual discernment. The very next day after we moved the bus family in I was going up to the warehouse to see what had come in to begin to give out to others in need. The mother followed me and said, "What did we get today?" That hit me wrong because I was paying for the warehouse, the rental truck, not to mention my time and so I told her I was going to give out to other families in need and she said, "That's our story!"
Jesus! Are you kidding me, "Your story?" First lesson in the ministry to the poor about to hit me right between the eyes and the pocketbook! To make a long story short, the family would never go to church with me because they were going to the flea market to sell the stuff we gave them to buy beer, they accused me of stealing clothes from them that I paid to have laundered in which some of the filthy things covered in human waste disintegrated! They brought me before my home church and threatened to sue them if they didn't give them $2000.00, and a car given to the ministry! So, we did and sent them on their way and the church told me to quit trying to help folks!
Well, a sane person might have quit, but not me, because I still had this burning desire to help people in need, but God was not through with my on the job training, the next lesson would be about one of the believer's greatest enemies, "Human Compassion!"
"So which of these three do you thinks was a neighbor to him who fell among thieves?" And He said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10:36,37
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin