This is the blog the Father led me to tonight to speak to His people. I did not write it, but a woman whose hearts beats with His heart did.
Charlene, known to her friends as simply “Charlie” has been a mentor and a dear friend to me. I thank God for her daily. I pray this short blog touches you as much as it did to me. Keep tissues handy and knees bendable!
AUTHOR CHARLENE MANNING
Weekly Sabbath Survey
Jesus, My Friend? — 9-3-11
Have you ever noticed how some Christians seem to have a kind of irreverence for the Lord? It’s a familiarity that seems improper somehow. I’ve heard people talk about Jesus like He is their buddy ole’ pal. Jesus, the Son of God who died for my sins and has been elevated above every other human that ever lived, as my BUDDY??? I simply cannot equate Him with friends at my golf club or quilting class.
It reminds me of a story Jamie Buckingham told about a native pastor in some foreign country who was very crippled with arthritis in his knees and feet. Many years he walked from village to village in the mountains where he lived, making disciples, encouraging them and teaching them. When villages were too far apart for a day’s walk, he slept alone under the stars, in all kinds of weather. The constant exposure and natural aging process took a toll on him. When he was finally unable to walk, the people came to him where he was, sitting in front of his hut on a little-woven grass mat. There he continued to minister to them and teach them, sending them back to their villages full of the Holy Spirit and the love of God.
With a small group of American preachers, Jamie went to meet this man and to encourage him and his flock. They spoke with him through an interpreter. They were treated like visiting royalty. The people seemed to think that Americans were the greatest Christians in the world, worthy of the highest honor.
During a time of conversation, one of the Americans asked the pastor if he was bothered by the fact that he had served the Lord so faithfully all those years, and yet had become so handicapped that he could not go on. The man said, “When you see Jesus, will you ask Him ‘why’?” The little pastor smiled, showing what was left of his rotting teeth, shook his head and said, “No. When I see Jesus, I will bow myself very low at His feet and say, ‘My Jesus, I love you’.”
Jamie said he turned his face away to let tears come. He felt ashamed for all of their group because they had talked and laughed about the awful discomfort they were suffering there in the village with terrible unidentifiable food and a couple of nights of sleeping on a dirt floor on mats, and how glad they would be to get back to the city and their nice hotel rooms.
Americans, all of us, are FAR from being the best Christians in the world. VERY FAR.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. Job 13:15