“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23………..

I was shocked, somewhat scared, and totally offended one day when I saw a man standing right outside my New York City apartment window in between two apartment buildings where only one or two people who work for the building management company ever go. I didn’t recognize the man, nor the other man with him, and I was upset with them for being there and with the management company for not forewarning me. I felt like my space was invaded, and I didn’t even know until it was confirmed they were contractors who had been sent there to do some work. I had no curtain over that window, and I was irritated and resentful over the whole matter. Then the Lord Jesus Christ took over.

I had done a quick food shopping that morning and lugged back with me two big jugs of water along with a bunch of wonderfully yummy bananas and some other items. One of the men who barely spoke any English and whose attire suggested he likely practiced a false religion and didn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ was sitting down on some stairs taking a break a little while later when I walked up to him and gave him the water bottles, some bananas, some snack bars, and two Gospel tracts for him and his co-worker.

Friend, that man’s face lit up like he had just been given the greatest blessing on this earth. Though he couldn’t convey in English what his heart felt, I could see it all over his face. I nearly cried later considering how this may well have had no lunch that day nor perhaps any money for it.

How appalled I am at how many times in my life I have been so selfish that I have been offended by people for not giving me what I wanted rather than humbling myself before God, denying self, and seeing how I can show and share the love of Christ to a world in dire need of Him.

Later that day, three men showed up right outside another window without warning. Again, I had a quick negative reaction. But shortly after, I found myself gently and kindly talking to one of them who also doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ. And the Lord compelled me to give a little gift to another one of them.

Oh, if we would only stop being consumed with ourselves. If we would do as Jesus has taught us and deny ourselves, take up our little crosses, and follow Him. In His love. Telling the world about Him. Sharing His love with others. For the glory of Christ, AMEN!

p.s. I did end up asking to be told when workers are headed over so I can be prepared in advance, but this message isn’t about me and apartment windows. It’s about Jesus, a lost and dying world in need of Him, and our duty to humble ourselves before God almighty and be His vessels of love and truth about Jesus! AMEN!

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