One Single Day

05/13/2006

“A single day in your courts is better
than a thousand anywhere else!”
Psalm 84:10a (NLT)

There are many things that need to be done each day, many acts of service that present themselves to each one of us, and if we were to do them all, we would exhaust ourselves. That is not what God is asking us to do. He is not asking us to be “Yes” people, but obedient people. To give Him our hearts, and to listen to His voice, even when our own is screaming, “No, I don’t want to!” God stretches us and grows us when we make ourselves available to His call. He helps us give some thought to what it would be like to be in another person’s shoes for one single day.

God has specific things He asks each of us to do. He has an assignment for us, but it’s not what someone else is doing, it’s what we should be doing! “For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:30 (NLT) And then if we listen, and reach out to help people out of the goodness of our heart, out of a heart that is Christ-like, we should trust God with their lives. Our concern is to be obedient to our Lord if He asks for our help. Then the rest is up to God. It is between that person and God what they do with His gift to them through us.

God brings people together who are going to not only connect, but they are going to grow closer to God because of where they find themselves as they spend time together. Even though we sometimes cannot imagine what one single day would be like in each other’s shoes, we can agree that God is needed to sustain each life, and as God is shared, Hope can be given because Jesus understands our suffering, and He loves us through it. He does not judge us in our weakness, but fills us with His strength.

How insightful of God to give us a High Priest, Jesus Christ our Lord, who walked this earth in a fleshly body. A Lord who got thirsty and hungry, who felt persecuted and abandoned. One who was deserted and filled with grief. There’s no way He’s up in Heaven, sitting at the Father’s right hand saying, “These people just need to get a grip! They need to shape up!” No! He’s there pleading our case before the Father, as our Lawyer. “For Christ has entered into heaven itself to appear now before God as our Advocate.” (Hebrews 8:24 NLT)

Jesus knows! He understands! And He died to set us free! He’s walked a mile in our shoes, and He knows how hard it is! He’s about the only one who could say, “I know what one single day in your shoes feels like.” He understands, and now all He is asking of us is for a little understanding towards each other when He calls on us to help out.

We may never know what one single day in another person’s shoes would be like, but we can know what one single day walking in the direction God calls us to is like--the yoke fits perfectly and the burden is light!