The Cream of the Crop!


Written by Danny Bunn,B.A. (Born-Again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ)

Chapter 18
Knowledge puffeth up, Charity edifieth

Joe gets up the next day and spends some time with God, he also puts a few verses together that the Lord has been giving him on the subject of animals and mankind. He folds the paper and puts it in his pocket and tells the Lord to guide him and use him in Jerry's life not only in the subject of animals and man but that he might be used to show Jerry the awesome love of the Almighty God, that he would actually come as a man to redeem mankind. The Lord has shown him and Cindy quite a few things in the word last night, they didn't go to bed until late and it was fairly rough getting up this morning but the Lord gave him the strength that he needed and also the joy and the peace to face another day in this world system. He kisses Cindy goodbye and leaves for work.

As he is driving there, he keeps bringing things up to God that are on his heart and mind, he knows that the Lord knows everything that he is thinking but he also knows that the Lord tells us to ask, to seek, to knock and that is what he is doing. He is asking God for the wisdom for the time when he shares with Jerry, for the love to minister by his Spirit. He is seeking God for revelation knowledge, for understanding into the deeper things of God. He is knocking and he will continue to knock at his throne of grace, knowing that God likes his people to prove him, to stand on his promises, to step out in faith on what he has said that he would do. Joe pulls up at work. The driving time was over too fast. Oh well! He gets out of his car and goes inside to work.

Time moves along fairly quickly and it is lunch time. Joe goes out to his lunch place and sits down, he has been going over some memory verses that he has been memorizing.
"1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2. For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (I Tim 2:1-5)

As he is going over that scripture, his mind goes back to Jerry. Jerry is a pretty nice guy at times but then at other times, he is a pain. Joe thanks God that he loves Jerry just as he loves Jesus Christ. That is a mind blower but he does or another way to put it, just as he loves himself. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." Joe's mind goes to how that verse has been used in his life ever so much lately and even in Cindy's life, how she received the tract from the long haired guy when she had the flat and how it was instrumental in her salvation. He thinks about how he knew the verse as a child and he has no idea how it might have been used in his life over the years to bring him to the Lord Jesus Christ. God commands us to love strangers, enemies, besides family and friends as much as we love ourselves and he surely isn't going to do less than he tells us to do. He was completely sinless when he came to earth as a man yet he allowed those he created to spit on him, to abuse him, to beat him, and even to strip him and nail him on a cross. That is totally incredible. Tears were falling from Joe's eyes. He can't comprehend the love that God has for us and we continue to spit in his face by our lifestyles ever so many times after we become Christians. Joe recites the verse again in I Tim. 2:1-5 and as he is doing so, he hears a voice. "Joe, Joe, come on, lunch time is over." He looks up and it is one of the employees and Joe thanks him and the guy goes inside. Joe looks at his watch, "Wow, it is over!" and then he looks at his lunch sack, still full. "Oh well!" He jumps up and says, "At least I fed on the word and it was a super good lunch, spiritually speaking. Praise you, Jesus!" He goes inside!

Joe gets back to his work station and he gets into his job as if he had Jesus Christ himself standing there watching. He wanted to please him, whether it was at his workplace at work or at his home place at home, or at the shopping center, or the library, or the gas station, or wherever, he wanted to share with this confused world, the Answer that they so badly need. He knew that the Almighty God was within working not only putting that desire there as he seeks the Lord but giving him the strength, the ability to carry it out as he submits to the Lord. Phil. 2:13 comes to his mind, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." He starts thanking the Lord again for the things that he has provided in this Christian walk and that the Lord said that he would never leave or forsake him. That is something to get excited about and Joe does.