Have Compassion for People of Need

Daily God Walk for Saturday, September 10, 2011

 When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. – Luke 14:13-14

 My wife and I started our ministry together 17 years ago. We were led to minister to people of need. Our vision was that we would find people who were hurting and whose lives were messed up, lead them to Christ, then help them become established in local churches.

The first part of that vision worked well. We worked one large apartment complex and at one time, counting adults and children, we were ministering to over 100 people. Our problem came when we began trying to get local churches involved. Even though from the pulpit they would tell the congregation to reach out to the needy they weren’t prepared to minister to their needs.

Our work in the apartment complex eventually led to being given the use of a 200 room motel which we used as a transitional project for homeless families. It didn’t appear that these folks were welcome in other churches so we started a church for them to attend. What is interesting is that we would have pastors tells us they were so glad we were working with “those people” because someone had to reach them. What they meant was they were relieved that we were doing it so they wouldn’t feel so guilty about not doing it themselves.

In verse 12 of this passage Jesus says, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.” A parallel thought to that might be, “Don’t use all of your efforts as a church to enhance your relationship with the congregation because they will give good offerings and you will have received your reward for your service.” Oh, that hurt.

It is time for us as believers in Christ to examine how we invest our time, talent and treasure. Are we using all of our resources to enhance our fellowship with other believers, or are we actually investing in the poor, crippled, lame, blind, and I will add; the homeless, addicted, and single parents? That is something to pray about.

 Prayer: Lord, I enjoy fellowship with my friends, but grant me the grace to invest in those who most need kingdom resources. I ask In Jesus name.

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