An Amazing Man

08/07/2006

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, for we have heard that you trust in Christ Jesus, and that you love
all of God’s people. Colossians 1:3 (NLT)

I picked up my cell phone just the other day, to call my brother. He and I chose different paths to follow during our teenage years. I chose the path of the “good girl,” Keith chose a path of…if he was told “not to,” he did it anyway--he had to see for himself. Why do I tell you these things about my younger brother? Because I want to share with you what an amazing man he is! Not because he conforms to all the rules that most of us try to live by, but because of the way that God designed my brother, and the way that I believe God is using all believers in unique ways for His Kingdom work.

When I called my brother, he was not just napping on a park bench; it was where he had spent the night, as a homeless person. His sons live with their mother, and Keith lives wherever he ends up each night. What am I to think of this younger brother of mine? After recently being laid off from a good, full-time job, Keith says he likes this simple lifestyle. He says it has its hard parts, but then so does working a full-time job. But to tell you the truth, most times homeless people scare me just a bit, and I tend to walk around them more than up to them to ask them what brought them to this place on this day. Do people do that with my brother? I bet they do--but there are as many different stories as there are people on the streets, if we’ll take the time to listen to them. I was listening to my brother on this day… I was more than a little intrigued that I not only knew, but also deeply loved, one of God’s street people.

The longer we talked, the more I knew that my brother was right where God wanted him to be…as strange as that may sound. At this point in our lives, Keith and I both understand hard work, and yet the work that God seems to be calling us to do right now doesn’t “look” like work, as the world knows it. Wherever people are, there is a great need for someone to share some Good News with them, and that work, most times, does not bring in a paycheck--but does that make it any less worthwhile in God’s eyes? I think not! Keith is “working the streets,” for God these days.

If we allow the “world” to shove us into a mold that God never designed for our life, we will miss the very work God designed for us to do! God works through relationships, wherever He places us, and when we start to allow the Holy Spirit inside of us to do that work through us in an office, on the street, in a church, we will start to see people set free from the bondage that they are living in, as never before… God is a miraculous God!

One day in the future, when I say to Keith, “You are a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ!” He will say, “You know what? You’re right, I am, but I never understood what that really meant until now! It’s not a bad thing. It’s not a crazy thing! It’s loving others as Jesus did, and sharing His Good News with them, wherever I go. That’s just fine with me!”

May the Grace of God be with you Keith!