If you look at this week’s Scripture you will see it is meant to encourage you as you stay on the path,
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.(Hebrews 6:10-12 NIV)
Throughout God’s Word we notice how he encourages us to help the poor and the widows(James 1:27), to extend our love and resources to each other and to care about one another as we care for ourselves(John 13:34)
This is the hardest job to do.
Because it is unpopular and in some states it is already illegal to help homeless people.
And because we are such selfish, carnal creatures.
- It is unpopular because it is not “trending right now” to help other less fortunate. We are content with our stuff and we believe the homeless got themselves into the mess they are in. And if we are God’s chosen people, we should not think like that. We must esteem others higher than ourselves.
- Helping others is now illegal. But I think it was already unpopular and illegal in our hearts. A 90 year old man in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Just got arrested and will spend two months in jail for feeding people. For feeding people! What’s going on, America?
- We are basically selfish. All of us. I know how it is. We are about our family and have a routine and a certain comfort that was probably hard to come by. Inviting poor and needy people over or at least paying for them to stay in a hotel seems a bit of a stretch. Trust me. I never thought like this until I experienced it myself. But I must remember,
To whom much is given much is required.”(Luke 12:48
Like I said. Any other job in the world is simple. You already have skill sets for it. You wake up and stay there for 8-12 hours or more but you get to come back home. There needn’t be any heart into it.
Not to say that all jobs are simple.
However we need more workers in the field of love. We need to cultivate love with our heart and our time and our deeds.
This will continue to be my prayer.