So often in the scriptures we see the people of God ascribing love for God but don’t have love for each other or for the least and hurting among them. We know that the Word says, “now abided in these three: faith, hope, and love but the greatest of these is love. There is no true love apart from knowing God for He is Love. Praise God, that while we were yet sinners that the perfect Holy Son of God gave his life for us and paid the penalty of our sin through his death on the cross. The Word also says there is no greater love than this, a brother laying down his life for another. I often ask myself the question, why many of us do not see as Christ sees, serve as He served, or sacrifice as He so willingly sacrificed? The only answer that comes to my heart is the issue of love. Do we truly love God with all our heart, soul, and mind? If we answer yes, this radical love for God should radically change who and what we love today! Gone will be the days of loving only those who are like us, or who can help us in our careers, or give us the things of this world. Our love for this world and the temporal will be transformed to loving others and the eternal. These are the markers that will authenticate our stated love for Christ.
Last week while in San Antonio dropping off Daniel,our son, at UTSA, I had the opportunity to meet Charles. Charles is a man who lives in the Housing Development where H.I.S. BridgeBuilders works in San Antonio with my brother Mel. Charles began to share his testimony and it broke my heart. When Charles was three, he and his brother were abandoned in the streets. He was put into foster homes and abused severely. He then went to an orphanage where, he said, “Every race was there and I never experienced racism because we were all poor and fatherless and just had to take care of each together in order to survive.” Only when he left the orphanage did he experience this horrible sin called racism. He then went into the military where he was honorabley discharged and began the destructive habit of drinking alcohol. He said he never had a father to love him, or show him how to live under authority, maintain a job, or be a leader of a family. Later he would become sober to only to start selling drugs. He said without Jesus in his life, “I would just become a sober and more evil sinner.” The Lord miraculously intervened in his life through the testimony of a former drug user of how Jesus Christ had saved her and set her free from sin and gave her eternal life. This good news of God’s love captured Charles’s heart and he gave his life to Jesus Christ. Now Charles is volunteering in our BridgeBuilders’ computer lab in the inner city of San Antonio. Mel says he watches Charles pick up young children, place them in their chairs, and helps them learn to use the computer in the same way he hoped someone would have done for him. He said as I left, “Mike, when people see me, I hope they see a man who wants to have a family, a job, and a home!”
I praise God for the love of Christ in Charles that has transformed him and is enabling him to be a father to the fatherless. If Charles can love God and others, then prayerfully we who have been blessed beyond words would love as he loves. It is time to match our walk with our words, if we truly love God, we will love others more than ourselves.
We praise God for the 53 individuals who have committed to be a part of BridgeBuilders’ 300 who are praying for our complete healing and giving $100 a month to support this work of God in the cities. You can also be a part by donating online here or calling Mary Anderwald at 214-377-1551.
The need is great but our God is greater.
I started taking Tarceva (an oral chemo medicine) almost 2 weeks ago. The expected rash on my face and chest have started but none of the other possible side effects. The dermatologist says the rash is a sign that the medicine is working (praise God). We go to the oncologist at Baylor next week and will keep you posted. Please pray that God will use this medicine to eradicate any cancer.
If you love me…love the least and the lost so that they too may have hope for today and forever.