• The Least

    I recently had the opportunity to serve at a homeless shelter. I had always given to shelters and shared a concern for them but had never actually gone in and sat with or served the people. It was an eye opening experience in many ways, from the ones being served to the ones serving. The people, mostly men, came from all different backgrounds. Some had been in prison, lost jobs and never got on their feet,  drug addicts… and the list goes on.  I was invited to share a pre-dinner devotion. I was very intimidated to share with just about all grown men starring at me. I felt, “Can they really relate to me? Do they need to hear what I have to say?”.  Please picture me 5’1, starring up at everyone, dressed for the day, hair fixed, makeup on, jewelry in place, Ha! The answer was YES. They needed to hear what I had to say because it was the message Jesus had given me to comfort. They needed comfort too. The same Jesus comforts us all no matter what social class we belong to. God’s Word breaks through all barriers.

    Luke 14:12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”

    God will reward you for inviting those who COULD NOT REPAY YOU. Jesus’s ways seemed so backwards to people. Still today people want to know “What’s in it for me?”  Who invites the poor, crippled, lame and blind to a banquet? He turned our thinking upside down. It’s not up to us to try and figure out why the homeless and destitute are in the condition they are in. God will give you discernment. Believe me, I know there are people who make it their job to call the list of churches until someone pays their power bill or crooks who give a good sob story while stealing your purse (that actually happened to me) but there are those who genuinely have no hope to live. We have no idea what their lives have been like. Our calling is to reach the hurting with love. I hope you are not too clean to get your hands dirty. Jesus forgave prostitutes and healed leprosy. He loved the outcast. Try giving to someone without something in return. You will be blessed.

    with love,

    Ashley