Friday, July 20, 2012

Jesus Was Homeless

The Gospel records tell us Jesus had no permanent home during His public ministry.

Luke 9:57-58 reads;

“As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go.

Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’

He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’

Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”

Also 1 Corinthians 4:10-13  tells us that Apostle Paul had no permanent home either;

“We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.

There were many godly men who had no permanent home for them to serve God in the Bible.

What was the reason for their living as being poor and homeless? They gave up and away everything for the cause of God’s kingdom.

Then what benefits do we enjoy for their being poor and homeless? Apostle Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 8:9;

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

As we know, Christ had everything with the Father in Heaven and yet He left His Glorious Abode and came to us. He lived poor and homeless. Why? To make us rich in faith.

I would not say Christ came to make us millionaires or billionaires. Of course, we are better off than those of Christ’s time, materially to say.

The Lord, who came to make us rich, will come again to take us to His Father’s House where many mansions wait for us. We will live through eternity as the children of Heavenly Father who made and owns everything in the universe. How rich will I be I don’t know… Maybe richer than Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.

Lord Jesus, thank You for making me rich in faith so I can serve You everyday here and forever in Your Kingdom. Amen.

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