But how will you govern a world
When you cannot govern your own body?
How will you govern nations with Christ
When you cannot govern your own tongue?
I met another man who was naked, poor, and freezing. I offered to him from my bag of blankets and clothes. The man refused because he said he was unworthy to receive any such gift from me or God. He told me that he was a sinner and his suffering was just. He eventually froze to death in spite of all my efforts to provide him with blankets and clothes.
It really does not matter that God is love if God’s people are indifferent. It really does not matter what God wants to happen in the world if God’s people do not want it. The harvest is huge, and the workers are few, so pray to the Lord of the harvest to make what we want the same as what God wants. Then, and only then, will the world see the power of God, which is the power of love – because the Holy Spirit is the spirit and power of love.
via Seeing the Face of the King of the Universe in the Face of the Pauper — THAT Is the Judgment!
A disciple is more than a “learner” or a “follower.” The word in English that may best capture the meaning of the word is “apprentice.” An apprentice spends time with a mentor, watches what the mentor does, how the mentor does it, attempts to mimic the mentor, and over time, possesses the same skills and expertise as the mentor. That is what the disciples do. A disciple, by definition, is someone who learns how to be like Jesus Christ.
There are two rationalizations that I find particularly bothersome. The first is: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” The second rationale I find particularly troubling.: It goes along the lines of “Don’t give money to a beggar because they’ll only spend it on drugs (or booze).”
The problem with this is it sounds like wisdom, and it convinces us that we are actually helping the person by not giving to them.
The scene is that Peter just declared that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus tells him not to tell anyone that. Jesus then immediately begins to teach that he is going to die. Peter gets upset and chastises Jesus for saying that he would die. Jesus then rebukes Peter and says that he is behaving like an enemy and is out of line. And to put the exclamation point on the sentence, he then says the words above.