Earlier, Ethan and I, after we registered him for the 6th grade, went to get donuts and coffee. Well, he got donuts and I got coffee.
As soon as we sat down, I looked to my right and I saw a homeless man, sitting, drinking coffee, staring off into space. I didn’t think much of it at first, but as we were finishing up, The Lord told me to ask him if he was hungry.
He replied that he was and said that he would like one donut because he didn’t want to take advantage of our generosity. And so I went up and got him a dozen donuts.
As I walked over to him, he said, “That’s much more than one donut!? Let me give you one of my shirts for trade.” I immediately told him no and that I wanted nothing in return. I then said, “Grace costs us nothing, but it cost Jesus everything. And Jesus gave everything just for you.”
I then prayed a prayer of blessing over him, we hugged, and then we left.
And this is where I think it gets really awesome.
Ethan said, “You didn’t know that man did you?”
“No, I didn’t.” I replied.
Ethan then asked, “Why did you do that?”
I then got to share with Ethan about grace by quoting my favorite verses in the bible:
And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give (Emphasis mine). Matthew 10:7-8
Jesus paid a high price for each of us.
I told Ethan something I tell people all the time that we would not pay a high price for something that we saw no value in or that we would not invest it something that we saw no potential for a great return on our investment.
I believe it’s the exact same thing with Jesus. We were bought at a high price. We were literally purchased by the blood of Jesus that was shed for each of us.
And I believe that Jesus did this because He saw our created value and He saw that the potential that each of us have when we yield our lives to Him.
Jesus thought we were worth it.
And if Jesus thought we were worth it, then we should think others are worth it.
Jesus loves when we give Him away.
I told Ethan that he has been taught that the more he keeps the more he has, but with Jesus and The Kingdom of God, it’s like the more we give away, the more we get.
- We have received so much.
- We have received a great salvation.
- We have received much peace.
- We have received much joy.
- We have received much grace.
- We have received much mercy.
- We have received much love.
And now, because Jesus lives in us, we get to give those things away too.
I told him that EVERY person, no matter their color, gender, background, or whatever are worth the blood of Jesus and someone has to let them know by loving them the same way that Jesus loves them.
Someone has to give Jesus away FREELY.
And that I want nothing more than to do just that, to FREELY give Jesus away to EVERY person I come in contact with, while teaching him to do the very same thing.