June 21, 2016

Are we willing?

My mission in life is, has been, and will be to help others, but especially the hurting, the abused, the neglected, the outcasts of society. 

And, if my involvement with such people requires me to be "poor" or to live in an "unsafe" part of town; if it means I might become more "rough" in my appearance, or that I hang out with the people who society, and sadly, even the church has rejected, if all of that means we can't be family, or can't be friends anymore, please take a look at your heart. 

I am not going to change into someone I am not, just to satisfy someone's desire to control.  If I am sinning, tell me, otherwise I am who I am, and if you don't like the real me, I'm sorry.  I just can't stand to have other people planning my life and spitting on my dreams, because they won't make me rich, won't mean I'm safe, won't bring the family pride over my accomplishments.  My life is going to be shaped by the vision God has given me to serve Him in this scary world. 

As a matter of fact...

God has called all believers to be involved in ministry.  Our very existence is to be ministering to those who need Jesus.  Inside of the "church" and outside.  If we think that our little time spent in "church" on Sunday mornings or on Wednesday nights is all the ministering we "need to do," we've got it wrong.

Our lives are to revolved around sharing Jesus.  Our homes should be centers of grace as we share meals (and the gospel) with our yet-to-be-saved relatives, neighbors, and co-workers.  We should be known as the best party-throwers, the kindest hosts, the most generous neighbors, the most humble employees, the most patient uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. 

Why?  Because Jesus was all of those things as He interacted with the "tax-collectors and sinners."  And we are called to look like Him, to be like Him.

So, Lord, ignite our hearts so that we are no good for this world.  May our hearts blaze with one flame, one passion, one vision - to see Your name exalted in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, government agencies, and churches.

Because loving You, and loving others in Your name is all that really matters. 
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"Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”
Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent."

Luke 5:29-32 

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