A Beautiful Testimony Up & Down the Stairs
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10
When I hurried out of church early in New York City yesterday to make sure I would catch the subway in time to catch my bus back to my New Jersey hotel in time to take care of my beloved snuggly buggly cuddly cutey pie last four special needs ministry service doggies after so very sadly losing 15-year-old Dancer recently, my purpose was to hurry to be on time – not to be slowed down and delayed with the risk of missing my transportation back to the dogs.
But God had other plans, and if we’re to serve Him in our everyday lives, I believe we’re to be ever ready to love and serve Him in any given moment. No matter our plans, agendas, schedules, etc.
The late May day was relatively hot compared to the spring weather so far, so it didn’t surprise me an elderly lady was taking a break on the side of the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street with a big bag in hand.
I crossed the street to talk to her and ask if I could help her. At first she refused. Then she readily agreed. Next thing I knew, we were ever so slowly – yes, slowly as though I weren’t trying to catch a subway and bus! – walking down the street together with me carrying the bag until we reached her apartment building.
Then I pushed her until she agreed to let me carry her bag up the 5 – yes, 5 – flights of stairs to her apartment she had lived in for about 70 years. I had trouble making it up all the stairs, and I’m only 51!
On the way up, I met another elderly lady with a bag who was resting on the stairs as she tried to climb up 5 flights also to her apartment she had lived in for about 50 years. She refused my offer to carry her bag, but I was able to give her my Finding the Light Gospel tract before I climbed the rest of the stairs to drop off the other elderly lady’s bag at her doorstep. I then went back down the stairs where the first lady tried to give me $1 as a thank you.
I refused her $1 but gave her my Gospel tract which includes my personal story and the Gospel message. Then off I went to the subway and then to the bus station where I found out my bus was broken down and I would need to wait for about 45 minutes for a bus to take me back to the dogs. I hadn’t missed my transportation, but what I could have missed was the opportunity to share with two elderly women that the only way to a forever relationship with God instead of eternity in hell and the lake of fire is through faith in and a life devoted to Jesus Christ as Lord!
Friend, we can love and serve Jesus every day of our lives however His Spirit who lives inside His followers leads us when we are open to His leading, to His direction, and to the opportunities He gives us no matter how big, no matter how small, and no matter how convenient and comfortable or inconvenient and uncomfortable, no matter the cost to our flesh, for the glory of God.
Please keep your heart and eyes and ears wide open for opportunities each and every day of your life to share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, to help people find and follow Him, and to spread His love near and far – for the glory of God, yes, AMEN!