I will probably never forget this incident for as long as I live. Many years ago, while serving in Mexico City, a young girl knocked at our door. She looked to be about 12 years old, bare-footed with braided hair, and wearing a filthy wrinkled dress. I answered the door and she said “pan duro por favor” in a very soft voice which means “stale bread please”. I told her to wait a moment and I would see. I knew she wanted more than only bread.
I asked my wife if she had any extra bread, which we did. I gathered it up to take to the young girls bag. All of a sudden a thought struck me, why not offer this girl some fresh clothing and shoes and clean her up. I asked her into the house and expressed to her my thoughts. She seemed agreeable and my wife found her some nice clean clothes that fit. Fortunately our oldest daughter was her size in clothes and shoes.
After getting her cleaned up and ridding her of the lice in her mangled hair I asked if she would like to do some work around our house for money instead of begging for stale bread. She agreed, and I told her we would see her at the time we agreed upon.
I was surprised when around the set time she hadn’t shown up. She was late, even on Mexico time, which is much more than fashionably late. I looked for her for a few days and never saw her. Finally, a few weeks later, I saw her in another area begging for hard bread in her old filthy wrinkled dress and bare feet. I learned right then that it is impossible to change a person without first their heart and mind being changed.
Today, most Christians are trying to make our society conform to Christian values when it isn’t Christian anymore. We had the majority for a long time, but it has slipped away. Christians became lazy and comfortable and not about the Father’s business. Now, we are all up in arms in changing society back to its former glory,
Jesus was not the least bit set on spending His time trying to change the politics and society of His day, and it was in a big mess in His day. His time was spent on His Father’s business dealing with the souls of men and women. The most important change comes from within which then effects outward actions.
Don’t expect any change in our country, or any country, until Jesus rules in the hearts of its people. We can and should vote, but don’t be surprised how it all turns out politically while there is no change internally. When I see another ungodly agenda gaining a foothold in our country I’m not at all interested in protesting, but it motivates me more to share Jesus. He is the only One who can change the hearts of mankind, which will in effect change our society. Don’t trust in man, trust in Jesus!!!
Maybe something to think about today!
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,