The Christ Side — Sunday Thought For The Day
Those familiar with the movie “The Blind Side,” will recall that at the beginning of the movie the main character, Michael Oher, is homeless and taken in by the Tuohy family on a cold, rainy evening. The movie is based upon the true story of a family who God used to make a difference in a young man’s life.
The movie reminded me of a similar instance that happened in our home many years ago. One afternoon as I bounded through the door of our house I discovered a strange man sitting in one of the high-back leather chairs in our living room, with a dolly and three or four large plastic trash bags filled to bursting, positioned around him. Even more surprising than that, was I got the immediate impression that I was the only one surprised. Not even our dog and cats seemed to find it unusual.
I said hello to the stranger seated in our living room and made a beeline in search of my wife and son. I found them in our son’s bedroom, where upon I inquired about the obvious. I said, there was a strange man sitting in “my” living room and would someone mind telling me what was going on.
My wife explained that the gentleman had attended high school with her, and had been a brilliant architect who fell upon hard times that led to him being homeless and emotionally injured. She and our son were driving down the highway and saw him walking on the other side and she felt the Lord was telling her to turn around and pick him up.
The short part of a long story was the joy we ultimately experienced watching this gentleman being moderately restored to his old self. But equally if not more importantly was what it did for our young son.
He saw his parents living their faith in Jesus Christ right before his eyes. We weren’t just Christians who went to church, we were a family who lived our faith. My wife’s homeless friend stayed with us for nearly a month as I recall. In that short time we came to love him. He came to trust us and he would actually read to our son and they played with our son’s Lego Blocks together.
He would not be the last needy person who would share our home. Over the years we shared our home with several men from various prisons in which I ministered. I also recall a young woman from New Jersey who was reunited with her parents because of staying with us.
You see, I had been wrong, it wasn’t “my” living room, it wasn’t even my house; it was God’s living room and God’s house that He had given to us to use for His glory. He used what He had provided for us to provide for those less fortunate just as He cared for the birds of the air
READ:Matthew 6:25-3425 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feed them. Are ye not much better than they?27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
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Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here