My mother and I usually go out to dinner on Monday nights to catch up and spend time with one another. Last week on our way to the car we saw a homeless man on the corner playing his guitar. We decided to go give him some cash and ask if we could pray with him. What we thought would be a quick encounter with this man, turned into us talking with him about the Bible for over an hour. It was getting late so my mom and I had to get going but I promised this man I would come back and hangout with him again. Tonight I brought my guitar and a couple of Bibles and went back to spend time with Michael.
Michael is extremely intelligent and can quote scripture like nobodies business! It seemed like every question I asked him he had a verse or two to back up his answer. He chooses to be homeless and doesn’t think of it as a negative thing like the average person would. He decided in the last 10 years or so, his only purpose is to serve our Creator.
To Michael, having earthly possessions is just a distraction and takes away from his time with God. The only job Michael said might appeal to him would involve somehow bringing glory to God in his every day work life. For now though, he is content with his situation and enjoys preaching to people from the streets.
We sat in downtown Gilbert and jammed some blues on our guitars and talked for around two hours. When I finally got up to leave, Michael said “Are you sure you have to go?”. We were both sincerely enjoying the conversation. I honestly learned a lot from our time together. I plan on going back to have more Bible studies with Michael.
Although Michael’s lifestyle isn’t for most people, we can learn a lesson from the way he act’s and lives. WE ARE MADE FOR MORE. As followers of Christ we aren’t put on earth to just go through the motions of life until we die and go to heaven.
What I mean by that is, reading your Bible and going to church on Sunday’s are great things to do don’t get me wrong. If that is ALL that we are doing while we are here on earth…”going through the motions” are we really doing anything at all?
It’s important to realize WHO we are, and WHY we are here. We need to step out of our comfort zone sometimes and make an effort to show others Christ. You don’t have to go out tomorrow and start preaching on the corners like Michael does. Baby steps are fine.. and recommended.
God put each and every one of us here for a purpose. Don’t sit around and wait for Him to put opportunities right in front of your face!! Take advantage when He does, but actively look for ways to bring honor to God each and every day. You are made for more than just Heaven.
GALATIONS 5:13 “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”