June 24, 2022 Charlotte, North Carolina USA
Greetings to my family and friends of Love For His People Ministry.
I am so thankful the Lord had given me such a large sibling family (5 sisters and 2 brothers) and now have 4 kids and 8 grandchildren of our own, along with the spouses and more, He once again has shown that He is surely Himself a Family Man! The Everlasting God the Father!
When others don’t experience family, they miss out. So the Lord has called upon us who know Him to show them He loves family. He cares about each one that He has created.
I have had more quiet time to consider His ways, and the more I do, the more my love for our God the Father grows. I hope yours does too as you read my new message I share now.
Also, check out our YouTube playlist here: Jerusalem, Israel. You will particularly love the one with “George Bush” the camel! It was a joy being in the Land this past April and seeing our friends once again, including George. (I know, it is a repeat, but George is the best!)
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People Ministry
“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him.” Luke 10:33-35, NASU
Our Father God in heaven has such a big heart that I often wonder how He does it. Have you ever thought about how God, the One Who could do what He wants, when He wants, for whom He wants, and yet shows His love so much to each of us individually? Especially in how He cares for us.
His desire is for all to know Him as He really is. He wants all to understand that He goes out of His way to show His love, just as He demonstrated in the well-known story in the Gospels of the Samaritan, the one who stopped and helped the suffering of another, showing he truly cared.
But in all of God’s caring, and how He has also instructed us to do as well as He teaches in His Word, especially among those who call on His Name as Christians and believers, do we really care?
In a recent time of recovery from surgery, I had much time to think more on the heart of the Father, and how He so much demonstrates His constant attempts to let us know that He really cares for us, that He is concerned about our daily desires, hurts, pains, joys, and expectations.
And oh, how He desires that His Body here on earth would also do the same, such as He does.
When I was younger, it was very common for neighbors to know each other. By name even, imagine that. The kids next door and on the blocks surrounding played well with each other, and our parents shared meals and times of laughter and fun. When one was in need, for the most part, the neighbors joined in and helped as needed. They knew each other. They demonstrated care for one another.
Both you and I know that those times are almost unheard of these days. With the constant moves due to job transfers, job loss, and desires for a “better life”, Americans have little or no time to get to know their neighbors or want to. In many cases, we don’t even know their names. And that is a sad thing. Very sad.
Yes, we associate with people on the secular job, with the 40 hours or more each week if that is the case. (Even that time, though, has drastically been reduced with “remote work” schedules from home many are now doing.) There may be even some relationships ongoing outside of the required meetings and events the company puts on, in order to bond people closer to one another.
But even in our church life, where relationships are meant to flourish, for those who have a life of fellowship with other believers besides the weekly half-hour program they watch on TV or the hour service in person, there is not much time spent with those who know the Lord Jesus and say they want to walk in His ways.
There is just not much fellowship. Thus, there really is not that much care.
Very often we each have our regular times of doing what we need and want to do every day – go to work, take care of the kids, watch 4-5 hours of nightly TV, and then go to bed. Repeat the next day. On weekends it changes up a bit as the normal work time is cut out for eight hours, but again there is little effort to get to know others whom we are supposed to be “connected with” in the church body.
As Tucker Carlson likes to say at times, “Why is that?”
I have an answer. I am sure you do too.
But will it bring any change? Will people ever really care for another again?
I sure hope so. So does our Lord Who cares for us so much.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Love For His People founder
Message #88 in this series – in the year of our Lord 06.24.2022 – “Do We Really Care?” Friday, 7:50 am Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
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