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IF

If I was starving would you feed me?

If I was naked would you cloth me?

If I needed help would you help me?

If I was lonely would you be by side?

If I asked you to pray with me would you?

If I was depressed would you comfort me?

If I was to fall would you help me up?

If I was beaten would you doctor my wounds?

If you answered no to any of these questions just remember whose answer is always yes!

We are not perfect, but shouldn’t we all at least give it our best shot at meeting our neighbors needs not just our own?

Just another man from Men of One Accord writing from his heart.

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7 thoughts on “IF

  1. I love this! This expresses a lot of what goes on within me at times. And on the flip side, especially after some of the experiences I have had, I am trying to be aware of those needs of others around me. Lovely poem! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Christine on said:

    These are terrific thoughts, but I’d add some qualifiers:
    If only life were this simple!
    If only everyone who asked for food and clothing were honest.
    If everyone who asked for help would want to help themselves and just need a helping hand for now–instead of really wanting a lifetime of handouts and someone to blame for all their problems.

    (I’m a cynic. My mother asked my bro-in-law for grocery money one day; she had nothing in the house to eat–which was probably true. He gave her $10 and she bought a case of beer. Better to give some folks the groceries. A lot of kids’ new clothing donated by kind souls is exchanged for booze, too.)

    If everyone who asks for prayer were really committed to God’s answers and not trying to bend Him to their own wishes. James writes that “ye ask and ye receive not because ye ask amiss…” Pray with them for total submission to God’s will.

    The scribes & pharisees asked for a sign to prove Jesus’ authority.
    Someone asked Jesus to make his brother share the inheritance with him.
    Martha asked Jesus to make Mary get up and help serve the meal.
    Jesus didn’t always say Yes.

    If we do what we can in obedience as the Holy Spirit directs us, we’ll never be sorry even if someone does take advantage — we’ll rather be blessed. If we try to fill everyone’s requests, we’ll run ourselves ragged. Or am I being too negative?

    • Christine, James here from Men of One Accord, let me help you understand the poem “IF” by putting it into context. I hope you have read the post “Testimony” for it was written by the same man His name is Daniel.
      Daniel was first saved in the church, but the church failed to preform task it was called to do.
      He was hungry for the word of God but nobody would feed him.
      He was spiritually naked and nobody would cloth him.
      He wanted to know how to walk and no one would teach him.
      When he would fall no one would pick him up.
      He was a new baby in Christ that the church left alone beside the road of life to die.
      No one of the church had the time to befriend him no one of the church had the time to love him.
      The church was cynical and put qualifiers on John; 15:12, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
      Do you know the Qualifiers Jesus Christ puts on us to be known as His disciples?
      John; 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

  3. Christine you managed to “qualify” us all to totally ignore the entire gist of the words of Jesus here. Jesus definitely said NO at times, if it was for the best interests of the person and the Kingdom of God. On that part I think you are right on. I worry though when we are afraid to help the homeless because “maybe they do not deserve it.” I think that is the very attitude that Christ was fighting then and now within His people.

    One thing a person can do is give McDonald’s food coupons instead of cash. Everyone needs to eat after all. Another idea is to give to organizations or shelters that help the poor, who usually have a screening process, and not just hand out to every person on every corner. But we do have to be careful not to become jaded and it happens far too easily I fear.

    And I am saying those words to myself too, believe me. God bless.

  4. Christine on said:

    Thanks for your answers, fellows. As I read the ‘Context’ the whole thing makes a lot more sense. It is a shame if we as Christians can’t find time to help those who are right in our midst. And we’ll tremble to answer God on Judgement Day for convictions He sent that we didn’t follow through on.

    I know there are a lot of angles to helping the needy and I don’t want to encourage disobedience to God’s prompts. I realize we have a tendency to tar everyone with the same brush, i.e., “All indigents are lazy, “all beggars just don’t want to work.” and non Christians have a tendency to tar all Christians with “they’re ALL self-righteous hypocrites.”

    The Holy Spirit takes away our brush –and our excuses. He helps us to see real people, real needs. When to help and when not to. We no longer have to weigh someone’s sad tale and what we see –with input from our own social conscience– and try to decide what to do.

    I was brought up with a typical North American social conscience that we MUST get out there and save the lost, help the poor, etc. I’ve seen Christians almost burn out trying to rescue the perishing. One day I was musing on this when God told me, “You don’t need to have a “social conscience”, you just need to be obedient to my Spirit. I’ve made it so simple for you.”

    That’s where I was coming from with my comment.

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