Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We Should Because He Did


The birth of the Christ child....
In this tiny package was the fullness of God come down to us..
Down to our time and space to pay the price, once and for all time, that sin demanded.
Jesus was born to serve....
Jesus was born to give away what the Father had so freely given to Him....
Jesus demonstrated a new way to live in a world that was dark and driven by man's cruelty to his fellow man.
Rome, the greatest power on earth at that time, was no match for the Son of Mary, and the adopted Son of Joseph.
This "Serving" Jesus' life has never cease to echo through time, touching and changing those who heard the good news, that whoever believed in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.

In an age of "It's All About ME"...it is time we remember that it isn't about us.
It is about Jesus.
It is about a call to be saved by accepting Him and the gift of eternal life He offers to each of us.
It it is about learning to love others...especially the ones we don't want to love.
You cannot love from afar....You cannot simply think about loving others...
Real love.....
God's love is to be demonstrated to those in need.
The ones who look different from us...
The ones who may not smell to nice.....
The ones who stand on the fringe of our society, looking into the blessings that we have been blessed with.
Matthew 25:40 - And the King will say, "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of these, the least of my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me."

Feeding the hungry....
Clothing the homeless...
Being there for the elderly....
Taking care of each other with no thought to our own needs...
Giving that last dollar to someone else....
Bending down to tie the shoes of a small child who doesn't know how....
Giving someone a hug...
Sharing your coffee with someone else.

One of the reasons that I love recovery is the common bond shared by everyone who is on this road to a new way of living.
It doesn't matter what your status in life may be....bum or wealthy.....man or woman....black or white...there is a link that pulls and binds them together.....they are part of a fellowship.
They have each drank from that dark cup that only kills....
They have shared the same pain...T
The same depression, guilt and shame....
They know what loneliness feels like when everyone else has cast you aside and written you off.
It is this past that links them as them move toward a new future.
Maybe it is this shared past that motivates and moves them to reach out to others...
To share the Twelve Step message of Christ and His power to restore to sanity those whose thinking, as well as life, has gone off the tracks.

I have been blessed to be connected with some of these wonderful people....
Steve and Marilyn...
Bill....
Barry, Nick, Seth, Elmo, Greg, Jeffrey, Mark, Tony, Jason, Hugh...and the list goes on and on and on.
People who have been snatched from the darkest darkness, and have been translated into the glorious light of new life in Christ.

So you see, especially at this time of year...
We need to remember that Christ has called us to serve.
Isn't it weird that He didn't specify how or who we are to serve?
It's because we are all different, with the capability to reach out to all parts of our community and society...I just have to let God show me the "Who" and the "Where"...the Holy Spirit will show me when.
So as we move closer to Christmas, remember that the best gift you could ever receive is one that you give away to someone else in need.

Merry Christmas from the "B's".....Vicki and Michael!

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