A couple of years ago, while on a Schwinn tricycle, traveling across the United States, I wrote an article called Fifty pounds or less. It was published in a Christian magazine online. It was supposed to be a travel story but ended up being a commentary on Christian living, that is, having few attachments, etc. I was recently in the airport in Spokane, Washington and as I looked at my luggage, I was struck that in two years not much has changed. Nowadays, I could probably stand to lose fifty pounds. Still, I carry only the things that matter, things that are profitable to preaching the Gospel.
A young man asked, once, where my courage came from, I responded that the Bible is true. The Lord’s prayer reminds us an important insight into Christian living, when it says, “let Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”. I believe that can come in many ways, both physical and spiritual. Moreover, I believe that as we walk in faith we should acquire things as a result of our prayers. Faith is the evidence of things unseen and as we walk toward it should become clearly seen.
 Mt. 6:10
“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”-John 3:21
The line of thought that a Christian must renounce things, taking vows of poverty etc., in my humble view, are the result of religious devils. Jesus had a treasurer, Judas Iscariot, and enough money to pilfer some without it being noticeable. So, this has never been the reason for such a lifestyle. The bottom line has always been obedience. When my taxi caught on fire in 2012 just after God said, “Sell your cab and follow me”, I began this walk of obedience. I asked God but what will I do for money? The reply was simple, “Do you trust me?” Four words that have resonated in me ever since, along with a five-word answer, Yes, Lord I trust you. Did you ever realize the value of trust?
Relationships are made or broken according to trust. Did you ever consider that the relation-ships you make here on earth are all you will take with you into heaven? I have had the opportunity to meet lots of people as I have travelled over 2500 miles on my trike (not to mention planes, trains and automobiles) as an evangelist and missionary for Christ. Out of all those people very few do I have the pleasure of saying I have an ongoing relationship. Many I pray for occasionally, and some call from time to time, but few are in my life daily, weekly or even monthly. The angels rejoice when a sinner repents, and we scarcely take notice the value in leading someone to Christ. Furthermore, we rarely look at it as the lifetime commitment that it is. Jesus, on the other hand, spent time with His disciples.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”-Matthew 6:19:22
There are very few people who really get the value of godly relationships. This was how Jesus taught, His disciples were with Him while He preached and when the crowd was gone, He answered their questions. Leading someone to Christ is much more involved than initial repentance. We must be taught as Christ taught His own disciples to observe His commandments. It is my belief these godly relationships are the one treasure we can keep eternally. Consider, how eternally grateful people will be upon realizing the truths of heaven: the joy that will be released on that day is unimaginable! On the other hand, think of how someone will look at you knowing you withheld this from them.
 Mt. 28:20
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”-I Timothy 4:2
The Bible says we are to look for ways to benefit others. We should be careful of their reputation, and in our conversation looking continually to find something to admonish them for. Of course, we do this according to the truth (doctrine), we never encourage a person in sin. If this truth is applied from the beginning the rest will flow naturally. Perhaps, this could be why ‘reprove, rebuke’ comes first in the sentence. We, having received such grace as we have, are to become ministers of reconciliation. Helping people overcome temptation and worldliness should be our heart, as this is what the true grace of God does. How eternally grateful we will all be for the people who set aside their own agendas in order that we might see our need for Jesus! Those who regardless of the damage to their own reputation, laid it all down so that we might have an example to live by.
 I Co. 10:24  II Co. 5:18  Ti. 2:11-12
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”-John 15:12-13
Friends be good to one another. Seek peace. It is a war and it should be no surprise when people reject your kindness. Still, we must be certain it wasn’t our own malice which caused the rejection. The pitfall seen all too often is that people have their eye on people they may want to convert and pour all their kindness into them while neglecting and even despising the Saints. Judgment will begin the household of God and so should our kindness and love. Have a wonderful day! Walk about Jesus.
About the Author:
Brother Daniel Rusk is a national evangelist and missionary
currently stationed in Spokane, Washington.
He does the majority of the writing for this website
and has been published in other publications.
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