Hi all! I hope your Tuesday is going well! Luis spent all day in the yard, and I have been in the house doing some "spring" cleaning. I know it's a little late, but since the girls are now out of school, I can actually get in their room and clean it out. Fun.
I wanted to share something I heard last night. I was watching, on local cable, a minister give his testimony about how he had been delivered from drugs, porn, etc., and now has a successful street ministry. What really stuck with me was this thought: when you have been delivered from sin, you can't just go sit in church and leave everyone behind drowning in sin. If God has delivered you, you have to go back out and help Him deliver some more people from sin or you have no purpose. The point was if you've been there you know what it's like to be there and experience deliverance.
We get very comfy in church arguing over little things like what style of music we like or if something is too LOUD, or if so and so didn't speak to us. We get so comfy inside our four walls we forget why we are there in the first place.
Christ went out to the people who needed Him. We have to do that as well. All of us have a testimony. We have all been delivered from something, and that something is what our testimony is based on. If we love Christ with the passion that He wants, then we have to love people with so much passion that we don't lock our doors and turn our heads to the hurting people right in our front door. If no one goes to them, they will stay right where they are. They will not come to us.
I posted this scripture a few days ago, but for some reason it keeps on coming back:-)
Matthew 9: 9-13
9. As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10. While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. 11. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" 12. On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Let's get outside our boxes and hit the highways and byways as Jesus did so others can know the saving power and incredible love of Jesus!