Herman Kleinkopf was explaining to George the homeless guy how he gets stuff from Jesus…
At this point many will be thinking that this story will be all about the difference between wants and needs, as in; ‘My god will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory’. But for Herman that kind of thinking never crossed his mind, he rarely ever consciously asked Jesus to give him anything.
Here’s how Herman explained it to George; “When Jesus died on the cross He gave me everything I will ever need in my life. I read in 2 Peter 1:3 ‘His divine power has given me everything I ever need for life and Godliness’, so that means Jesus has already given me everything, and Jesus doesn’t tell lies”.
‘Ah ha’, said George, thinking he had caught Herman out, ‘but you haven’t got everything you need because you told me you have no money and we just finished eating your bread’ smirked George. Herman looked at George a little puzzled, it seemed like George was saying that Jesus wasn’t telling the truth, the first thing Herman learned when he started to ‘think with his heart‘ was that Jesus always told the truth.
So Herman explained it further; “it’s not that I haven’t got everything George, it’s just that I don’t know where everything is – and Jesus does… so I just explain to Jesus that I can’t find it and He shows me the way to it”.
‘Do you mean to tell me’ said George, ‘that even when the facts are against you, that you still believe the opposite if Jesus said it… that would be like denying the truth when it is as plain as the nose on your face?’… that’s when Herman got very excited because George has done such a great job of explaining it for him. ‘Yes’ said Herman, ‘that’s exactly it, I just believe in a better truth than the one that the facts believe in‘.
George’s head was starting to spin, first Herman had said that he already had everything he needed, he just couldn’t find some things… and second he had said that the facts sometimes disagreed with Jesus, so he always chose to believe in what Jesus said instead of what the facts believed in.
George decided to give it one more try; “so are you telling me Herman that facts believe in things? for instance, the holes in my shoes are a fact, what do they believe in?”. A big smile crossed Herman’s face, “they believe you are broke” he said, “and your choosing to agree with a silly old pair of shoes instead of the King of Kings”.
to be continued again….