Galatians 6: 2, Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Women and shoes, in the American mind, go together. We’re thought to have fortyleven pairs of shoes in our closets while longing for more. Most women aren’t like this, of course, but some are. One family member never cared whether her cute shoes actually fit her feet or not. She only cared if they looked cute on her. Even her discomfort didn’t matter; just her image. I just don’t get that kind of thinking. Life isn’t about cute shoes or anything else that might captivate us. It’s just not. It’s about obeying God. It’s about loving our Christian brethren enough to come along side of them, help bear their burdens and serve them (and let them love and serve us).
There’s a hurting world out there that needs Christ, also. If we can take our minds off of our shoes (or golf, work, cleaning the house, or our problems) long enough, we might realize that. No matter how hard off we are, there are others, so many others, who are much worse off than we are. Some are worse off because they have less. Some are worse off because those that ought to love them and care for them (husbands, wives, parents, family, fellow Christians) don’t. Whatever the reason, we need to do something about it. Today, somewhere, there is someone who needs your prayers. Someone who needs a kind word, a listening ear, a hug. Someone who needs a meal, that extra outfit hanging in your closet, a ride for a job interview. Someone who needs you to show them the Christ that they may have only heard of (or may have never heard of at all).
Life isn’t about cute shoes. And it’s not about me or you, either. It’s about Christ. Let’s get in the Word and get to know Him. Search it and let it search us. Then let us live it. While you’re pondering ways that you might do just that, ponder these statistics:
About 50,000,000 Americans live below the poverty line (defined by the government as a family of four earning $23,550)
Approximately three million Americans are homeless in any given year
One in 45 children in America experience homelessness each year
Four children die every day in the United States as a result of neglect or abuse
One in four American women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
Domestic violence is the cause of death to 1 in 3 murdered women in the U.S. (either by their present or former partner)
Some of the people in these statistics are members of the Lord’s church. Some might be members of your church. Some are members of your community. How are you serving them? How am I?
Life isn’t just about cute shoes, ladies. It’s not just about sports, either, guys. It’s not about cars, tools, furniture, or clothes. It’s not about getting stuff. It’s not about fun. It’s not about us at all. It’s about Jesus. It’s about conforming to His image, obeying His will and doing His bidding. When the Gospel is obeyed, we become ones who do good. Christ has told us to go forth. He has told us to do good “especially unto them who are the household of faith” (Galatians 6: 10). We are to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and protect the oppressed (Matthew 25: 34-46; Psalms 72: 4).) First we serve our own, then we serve others.
Christ has said that if we love Him, we will obey Him (John 14: 15). It’s time we chunk the cute shoes and start obeying, don’t you think?
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