09/24/2016 - Making a Difference
A couple of weeks ago I cited from James 1:27 about the true religion. What he said was that a real Christian is someone with more than a set of doctrines, who doesn't have have poor principles, and is a keeper of the Bible’s words. He is someone who makes a difference in the lives of people, meeting their needs. Reading this verse and putting it in connection with Jesus’ parable of The Sheep and the Goats, (Matthew 25) I ask myself, “what kind of Christian am I?” Am I a Christian just on the Sabbath day? Is my Christianity limited to my worship in the church, my tithe and offering and attending of Wednesday night prayer meeting? Read the parable of the Sheep and the Goats again, and you will see how we can demonstrate our love for Jesus.
Maybe you have heard about Catherine Lawes. She was Lewis Lawes’ wife – a warden at Sing Sing Prison – the toughest prison of that time. Catherine was a young mother of three small children. Instead of keeping her family as far as possible from the criminals in prison, she knew that her mission was to make a difference in the lives of those people. When the first prison basketball game was held, she went…..walking into the gym with her three beautiful kids, and she sat in the stands with the inmates. She discovered one convicted murderer was blind, and she taught him how to read Braille. One day Catherine found a deaf-mute in prison, and, after taking classes of sign language, she taught this man to use this form of communication. Everybody in the prison said that Catherine was the body of Jesus that came alive again in Sing Sing prison. When she was killed in a car accident, all of the odious criminals from prison asked permission to attend her funeral, a very unusual request. When the warden opened the gates for them, he said, “Ok, you can go. Just be sure and come back tonight.” And everyone of them came back in. Everyone. For sixteen years Catherine made a difference in the lives of these outcasts of society. Her Christianity was not limited to the walls of a church.
What about my Christian life? What about yours? How many people can Jesus love through me? What difference do I make in my neighbor’s life? Think about it.