7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
Isaiah tell us here we are to share our bread with the hungry, provide shelter to the homeless, clothe the naked, and be a presence in our own families. If we do these things look at what verse 8 says, then our light shall break forth like the morning, healing will come, our righteousness will go out before us and the glory of the Lord will be our protection. We will call and the Lord will say "Here I am." What beautiful words to hear. Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior responding to you and I, "Here I am." What an awesome thought. The creator of all, saying to an infinitely small portion of His creation, "Here I am." Amazing! Simply Amazing. So I wonder, am I hearing the words, "Here, I am?" If not, why not? Well if not we have to take care of the "if's" in the equation. What are those again? Feed the hungry, give shelter to the homeless, clothe the naked. Oh yes and then there is that last one, "And do not hide yourself from your own flesh." You can look at this scripture many ways and it can say many things to you but it asks me a question, have I spoke the gospel to every member of my family. A walk with Jesus Christ is who I am my own family should certainly know it. Oh yes and your family extends past the threshold of your home, just saying. Am I ministering to the needs of my family? Or have I written many of them off. You know what I mean, "the they will never change and never get it" attitude. We must love them into submission, but we must speak the words of truth to them. We must depend on Jesus Christ to do the saving and we be obedient to speak what He says, when He says, where He says. Additionally, we must present a walk in their presence that screams from the roof tops Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives. The later will speak much louder than your words, but coupled with your words can change every part of their lives through the love of Jesus Christ. Our actions must be in love and we must put our own feelings to the side and love them as only Jesus can. What I am telling you is not easy, but remember their life depends on it. They need you. You must be a rock! You must present a strong foundation in Christ Jesus and maybe, just maybe they will come to know Jesus Christ. May we commit ourselves today that we will not let this holiday season pass with presenting the gospel to those we love.
AFTER ALL IT IS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE SEASON!
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy