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A Bagel and Cream Cheese for His Glory

14 Mar

Last week was my spring break, so I decided one day to head down to Steve’s Music Store to buy something for my guitar. On my way there, a homeless man came up to me and asked me if I could buy him lunch at Tim Horton’s, a bagel with cream cheese.

I wasn’t used to talking to homeless strangers, so I quickly, almost as a reflex, said, “No, I’m sorry.” I knew what I had done was wrong, so I promised myself that if I would come back that way to return home and find him still searching for food, I would buy him that bagel with cream cheese.

Twenty minutes later, on my way back, he was still there. I walked right up to him and surprised myself when I boldly said, “You! You want a bagel with cream cheese? Alright, let’s go.”

The waiting line was quite long, but I didn’t want to wait in silence. I asked him, “Who is Jesus?” His answer blew my mind: “The greatest man who ever lived.” We started talking about the bible and spiritual matters and he was telling me how he read the whole New Testament and from Genesis up to 2 Kings. Before leaving, I handed him a gospel tract, just to make sure that he understood salvation, and he promised to buy new reading glasses to read the tract.

This was my first encounter with a homeless beggar, and definitely not my last. God has opened my eyes to the needs of others, and we all need our eyes opened to this reality. This man wanted a simple bagel and cream cheese for his lunch, around $2 with tax. What did you eat for lunch today?

Jesus died for the poor as well and we need to spread the gospel of love to these people. They need Jesus, but just as the Ethiopian said (Acts 8:25-40), how can they understand salvation if no one explains it to them?


His Banqueting Table

6 Feb

My mind was so preoccupied last night that I couldn’t sleep. I was trying to imagine what it will be like in paradise with our Lord Jesus Christ. I was trying, but of course,  I failed. My earthly human mind cannot grasp the exceeding joy we will feel in Hi presence when He comes back to earth.

One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at your right hand are pleasures forever.” For all eternity we will feel joy. No more strife, no more pain, no more confusion, no more stress, no more sorrow, no more hunger, no more thirst, no more discouragement, no more… (I can go on and on), but most of all, no more enemy.

I was trying to imagine what it will be like to sit next to Jesus, the one with holes in His hands where the nails pierced His flesh, and eat at His banqueting table. To talk with Him, to laugh with Him, to have fellowship with Him, to play with Him. Just the thought blows my mind and I can’t help but smile.

But for now, we are on this earth for a reason. We must spread the gospel to those who have not heard it so that we might see them sitting next to Jesus one day. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate reward? To know that you, with His help and by His grace, literally lead a lost soul to Jesus?

I end with words from the apostle Paul.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.” Philippians 1:21-24

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