Even The Wealthy Need Jesus

With the season of giving upon us, we are acutely more aware of people who need a helping hand. We give to the needy, we make food baskets, and we donate clothes and toys to people everywhere. We extend ourselves a much farther distance when it is Christmas time. As well, we should. This is Jesus birthday! After all it is more blessed to give than to receive right? Well with all that said I want to encourage you this Christmas to look beyond a person’s social status, the way they look or the way they dress. When we think of needy or those less fortunate we automatically think of people who are poor or homeless. But really, isn’t someone who doesn’t have Jesus considered less fortunate? How about the person who is poor in spirit? God recently impressed on me that there are so many different types of people in need this year. There are men and woman who look like they have everything, social status, prestige, nice clothes, many of them prosperous business owners. Yet, when we see them we don’t REALLY see them. They are some of the most broken hearted people out there. Some of them may flash a happy smile and you think “wow, must be nice. They have it all!” Yet, you have no idea, that same person is thinking about suicide. When we think of drugs, we think of, Cocaine, marijuana, and meth. But what about the prescription drugs that is being abused? Or the closet alcoholics? Many of these people I speak of are living with addictions because there trying to numb whatever pain life has dealt them. People who feel they have no value, except to write a check to someone who is asking for money. They feel alone, and taken advantage of. These people are right here in our own city! And all they really need is the love of Jesus. They need to know that someone cares and that someone is praying for them.  They need to know that they are accepted because of who they are, not because of anything they have. Many of them stand in rooms of many people, people who claim to be friends. Yet while they are surrounded on the outside, they are alone and screaming or crying on the inside. I want you to think about offering a smile, a warm hug or a handshake. And tell that person that God loves them, or simply say “God bless you!” We are so quick to tell our Christian brothers and sisters these words, yet when it comes to others, we don’t say anything! How sad is this, that we don’t say this to everyone we come in contact with on a daily basis? I remember once I was at Wal-Mart and as I was leaving I felt compelled to tell the person in front of me that Jesus loved them. They replied, “I don’t believe in Jesus.” “Really? I said, that’s too bad, because He believes in you!” That person began to weep. Friends the next time you see someone “you think has it all,” say a quick prayer for them. Prayer is a powerful thing. They need it more than you will ever know! I want to remind you all as we come to the close of another year, that Jesus DOES love you and your best days are still ahead of you!~ Gypsy


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