“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”
James 2:8-10 NKJV
I had my heart broken yesterday morning. I saw a video on fb of a young woman found lying in someones backyard. She was caught up in addiction and was experiencing a frightening bout of drug induced psychosis. In that moment, I could not see the person she had wanted to be, I could imagine the little girl deep within, who had no idea that her life would lead her to that place and that time. We are living in a time when many people are like that woman, destroyed, and discarded. In many large American cities, homelessness is expanding and spreading.
In the past I might had went “tsk, tsk”, and moved on. Yesterday morning, however, it shook me. I saw a person in need of newness of life. She was way past simply needing shelter, she needed the Gospel to save her soul. This morning I spent some time in James chapter two, and reading of the need to not show partiality. Human’s are partial creatures, we tend to flock to our own kind and show favor. We elevate the rich and the powerful, and ignore the poor and the weak.
God’s heart if for the poor and the weak and the cast off. Sadly, too many in the church have forgotten this, and actively ignored the downtrodden, the addicted and the even the lost. I was convicted this morning, as I too have had seasons when I would gravitate toward the great, and eschew the small. Many a time I found myself speaking to someone betweens services at church. Typically I was cornered, as I listened to the hurts and hangups of a beloved soul who just needed someone to listen. All too often my own mind was elsewhere, my eyes searching for an escape route.
As God has dealt with me, I have found that I now rejoice in the opportunity to listen to the those who are hurting, who are often forgotten. In many ways, I have been placed in that column as circumstances in my life have limited my activity and my visibility. God has also made me painfully aware of the need to reach hurting people with the Gospel. We are in a time when those who are in great pain are screaming out, and demanding to be heard.
Like anyone in pain, they don’t know what they need, they just need something to take the pain away.
I find myself praying for the opportunity to tell someone about the Lord, someone who is in trevail, and looking for the help that only God can give. I have many people on my vast prayer list who do not know the Lord. I am praying for their salvation, for God tosend the right messenger at the right time to bring the right testimony they need to hear.
One of the greatest blessings I have had was the chance I had to hand out sacks of food to panhandlers on the corners around the freeway. It is so easy to ignore those people, to wish that they were not there, but they are God’s clarion call to action. He is cuing the Body of Christ, to go out and be His ambassadors. He is giving people in the deepest need, a chance to hear the message of a lifetime. He has chosen us to bring it.
Believers, the next time you see someone in trevail, pray for them. If it is safe, listen to them. Share with them what the God of the Universe has done for you. Don’t be put off by the negativity. I was once one hostile to the Gospel, but the messenger God sent was patient. Today I stand as one eternally grateful that my sins have been forgiven, my life made new and I sing a new song.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above the Heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
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