I just wanted to share this story with you, because it really touched my heart.
Today I was at Bible study with my friend Briana. We met at my local coffee shop, and we were discussing Palm Sunday. When we finished that study, we decided to continue looking up the Old Testament prophesies that correlated to the New Testament, which Christ completed. While doing that, a man walked up to us and asked if we were doing a Bible study. We answered yes, and he let us know how special he thought that was.
It's nice to hear that people approve of things that we do from time to time in life.
After we talked to him, he went back to his table, but 10 minutes later, he walked back to the counter. When he finished purchasing his items, he walked back over to our table with his Bible, and he asked us if he could share a verse with us. We accepted.
He read Galatians 6:10, which says, "Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
And then he handed us each a gift card to this coffee shop.
He told us that with it being Palm Sunday, he wanted to do something nice for us. And he told us that he was proud of what we were doing. We thanked him as much as possible, and then he walked back to his table.
This man, this stranger, but a brother in Christ, gave from his heart.
How many times has something like that happened to you?
I was genuinely affected by what he did for us. We have never met him before, and here he was, extending love to us.
Isn't that what Christ wants each of us to do? Love one another? Reach out to those less fortunate? But even more than that, help those "who belong to the family of believers."
I didn't think I was worthy enough to receive this simple gift, this simple act of love. And now looking at my life, that's how I feel with Jesus.
His gift was so much greater. His love is far more expansive. But it's the same principle.
He gave us a gift when we least deserved it. I don't deserve His love and compassion, yet He extends it; for free.
Romans 5:8 -- "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
I'm grateful for this man. I know nothing about him, but he has proven that the love of Jesus is still evident in this hate-filled world.
For all I know, He could have been an angel, seeing how we would respond.
Hebrews 13:2 -- Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
He made my day a little bit brighter :) And I thank God for Him.