A Tender Heart

I remember when I was around twelve years old, I went up into the prayer line and my future pastor told me that he sensed I had a tender heart for the Lord. I think over the years that it has been more tender at times than others….The economy today is rough and I’m seeing so many people out on the streets asking for money. Sometimes I get a little tempted to refuse because I feel like they’re scamming me. But deep down I know that if I do everything as unto the Lord, He will be concerned about whether they’re scamming me or not and I’ll be blessed by giving as unto Him.

But causes like this, I never have to wonder about: A little boy in Kenya named Alexander needs a new heart. What do you think?

I often wonder, as a Christian, how many of us actually have the heart of our Father when we have what our brother needs but aren’t willing to give it to him (1 John 3:17). Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth (v. 18). How many of us are walking around with iPods and cell phones, but aren’t willing to spare a few dollars for the person on the corner who needs something to eat?

I believe that the Father is most interested in our heart condition as His children these days:

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world (James 1:27).

Just because this world is full of greed and scams, doesn’t mean that we are to be polluted by that or to use that as an excuse to not be who God called us to be. We are not of this world (John 17:16) and we are chosen and called to take up the causes of those who can’t help themselves.

So, if you are able, why not be a real Christian today and see what you can do about your brethren? Visit the Compassion website today.

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~ by babystace on May 19, 2009.

2 Responses to “A Tender Heart”

  1. I’ve struggled with that too. Knowing when to give. And I came to the same conclusions as you. Because the bottom line, like you said, is that we’re called to love God and love people. And even at our worst (financially) we’re still so much better off than most.

    Great post.

  2. Thanks! And thanks for visiting my blog too! I think I started to see this when I finally got tired of hearing myself complain when it really could be SO worse.

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