The servant on the side of the road

This morning while driving to work, I saw a man on the side of the road, holding a cardboard sign. I had a $5 bill in my pocket, and I decided to pull over and give it to him.

I grabbed his arm without thinking, and said, “Do you know Jesus?”

“Everyday,” he replied.

What a strange response, but true. We need to KNOW Jesus everyday.

I handed him the money and he thanked me. Then he pointed at the cars passing by. “They drive by, looking at their cell phones.” Then he got angry. “If they read the Bible as much as they’re on their cell phones, they’d be better off.”

I blurted out, “We have to pray for them.”

In that instant, the reality of knowing Jesus and being poor, versus driving a luxury car while speaking on an $800 phone and not knowing Jesus became Light to me.

People tend to look down at folks on the side of the road asking for money. But in the Kingdom of God, who is rich, and who is poor?

I drove away wondering if he was really an angel, and not merely a man, that God sent to open our eyes.


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