Have you ever been approached by a beggar? Perhaps while visiting in a foreign country, or on the streets of one of our own cities, someone approaches you asking for a handout. It makes most people feel uncomfortable even if they are safely in their car with the windows rolled up. At a red light we read the sign, or listen to the plea, and hope the light will soon turn green.
The New Testament tells of some who were beggars. Like the story of the lame man in Acts three who daily was placed near the temple so that he might beg his living from those who passed by. Peter and John had no money to give him that day, but through the power of Christ they gave him something far better. They gave him his legs back! For over forty years he had been lame. A few coins would feed him for a day, but then it would be back to begging. But through the gift of God everything changed.
Have you ever begged? Down and out on your luck, in an emergency situation, have you ever pleaded for help? If we can say no to that question we should count ourselves very fortunate.
Paul was a beggar! He said, “...we beg you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God.” Just like the lame man, few people realize what is available, and what is at stake. Have you ever begged like Paul? In this sense should we not all be beggars? (II Corinthians 5:20)
Coming home to God is the one thing that will change everything. Sin gets in the way, life sometimes gets in the way, we got lost, and misdirected. Are you? We beg you, come back to God!