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Undercover God

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:36

After watching the 24th Superbowl, the program shifted to a new series called, “Undercover Boss”.  In this program, the main top guy of a big company does undercover with his ordinary employees. He plays to be an entry level employee. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) becomes a clerk on one day. The next day, he shares lunch with the field supervisor. On the third day, he assists the truck driver to get things done. For the fourth time he under covers, the boss suits up to be another helper for a lowly guy of the company. On the last day, he spent his day working with the front men and women who shares their time mostly with their customers.  The CEO’s experience opens his eyes to the  hardworking life of his employees. He creates some decision and changes some policies after his undercover work to impact better working environment in the company. Of course, at the end the boss is revealed to the employees he has worked with throughout the week. The employees’ faces illustrate shock and surprise however it gives them importance as their CEO displays concern for their work as a whole.

Jesus illustrated how our God does undercover.  He will take the person of the hungry. God will ask for water to drink. He will be a person without a roof in His head. He will need clothing. He will be sick and needs attention. God will be imprisoned and will need a friend to chat with. He is God, He is King yet He will be needing help. He who at the top of all things will be at the bottom of the list.

What does this mean for us?  We can serve God. We will serve God.  He deserves it.

Be ready. Share your food with Him. Quench His thirst. Welcome Him in your home. Give Him shirts and pants. Help to heal Him. Make a visitation to His prison. Not just for a week but everyday, any day.

Don’t be surprise at what God will do for us to serve Him. God won’t be surprise at what you will do to serve Him.

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It’s not Dirty to be Unclean

In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit… Mark 1:23

I was sitting at the campus park with the male student I was evangelizing; I was still working with Christ’s Youth in Action (CYA) during that time. Afterward, his classmates pass by us and sarcastically remarked to him, “So, you are a member of CYA now?” The guy seemed deaf in those moments and I quickly answered for him, “Yes he is!” His classmates walked away scratching their heads.  In my mind and heart, their scratching of their heads is justified. The guy I was evangelizing was a wretched. This guy is a drug addict. He is drunk when he comes to school. His grades are barely passing. He barely has friends. His family seems do not care about him.

He is like the man with an unclean spirit in the synagogue. With unclean spirit yet welcome in the synagogue. Society tells us only the clean may enter the synagogue. Society tells us the wretched and dirty will be excluded.  The synagogue exists for the unclean. The church exists for the unclean. After all, we are all like him.  We struggle in our imperfections. We are full of iniquities. Yet, we are in the synagogue.  We are part of the church. We are members of this movement or charismatic community.  We follow Christ not because we are perfect, but because we are cleansed and forgiven.  We falter in loving Him, yet He does not falter in being faithful.

We won’t pretend we are clean. We will not disguise as flawless. We welcome the unclean because they are one of us. Sit with them. Eat with them. See them in your church. Speak with them in your community.  Pray with them. Pray for them. The synagogue has a place for each and one of us.

It’s not dirty to be unclean.

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