For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. . .
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. . .
I was a stranger and you invited me in.
I needed clothes and you clothed me. . .
I was sick and you looked after me. . .
I was in prison and you came to visit me.
(Pictures are from the Homeless Outreach Ministry at our community's bridge.)
Many churches and people in our community come together to give in one way or another. This is not a Baptist or Methodist, etc. ministry. This is a Gospel action ministry
It is one thing to read the Holy Words of the Bible. And it is another to witness the words in action. As I stand around the bridge area and watch our volunteers hand out food, drink, care, friendship, a listening ear, prayer. . .I get goosebumps. I see these words moving and I feel God's presence and I thank God every Tuesday evening that he pulled me out of the boat, out of the comfort zone, out of my insecurities. . .and led me into something I would have never gone into on my own.
"He doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called"
That's you and me guys!
I pray this will encourage you. . .if you are in sitting in a comfort zone, are sitting in the boat looking out but scared. . .just reach for HIS Hand and let Him lead. I guarantee that you will not be sorry. I can't guarantee that everything will be rosy and cheery because that's not life. . .He didn't promise roses and happiness in our life. . .but I can tell you, that if you let Him lead you, you will experience more joy, love, and peace than you ever will in the comfort of that boat, or that sofa, or in whatever comfort zone you are in.
This little boy showed up at the bridge with these on. I showed it on facebook.
A week later he was putting on new shoes someone had donated for him.
Vs. 37 : Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Walking in shoes that fit and carrying a bag with shorts, underwear, socks, and two new swim suits, also donated by caring people.
He was SO happy. So were we.
That is the Gospel in action.
Is God asking you to step out of the boat?
Where is He leading you?
What's holding you back? Or have you already lept out?
I'd like to hear:)