The Christian Life Has No Room For Sissies

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Matthew 9:35-38 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Recently, we have seen a man put on a pedestal by millions of people around the world and, yet, he continues to deny himself as important and persistently reminds his flock to focus on feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and caring for widows and children. You might disagree with his politics, but you would be hard pressed to disagree with his steadfast boldness to proclaim the Christly principles of loving those in need.   You and I, as Brothers and Sisters in Christ, might have many doctrinal differences, but the central principles that we should be able to come together on were stated by Jesus Himself as the most important: 1) Love God and 2) Love your neighbor as yourself.

Today, I had opportunity to see a man take his first steps toward building a relationship with Christ, after three years of loving groundwork. No, there was no hard preaching or emotional hype driving it. This was a miracle of genuine repentance and revelation of his need for a relationship with our Lord. This young man came in today, after many of us have loved on him and encouraged him over time through his struggles with drugs and alcohol and other prison worthy activities, to say…”I need God and I need to be a part of what God is doing, and I need to be around believers to keep me from falling back into my old ways”.  A number of people have spent many hours over the last three years, praying over this young man, planting seeds of love, allowing him to come in and fellowship, even knowing he was high, when others might have refused him. You see, when we love like God loves, we are able to receive and come alongside those who are going through hard times, and walk with them through the darkness. To love like God is not an easy road; to love like God takes determination and a willingness to see each person with God’s eyes. We know that God can deliver anyone, but how long are we willing to walk with them? Jesus walked with his disciples for three years and they still needed help. We expect someone to be cured of their issues instantly, as soon as they say “I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.” We expect people to just walk into our church buildings so we don’t have to worry about going outside our walls.

Before I go on, read this….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.”

Why did Matthew get up and leave everything behind? When the power of God’s love and peace abides in someone, you just know it. There is something truly different about them and you’re drawn to it. You also see that Jesus went out into the streets to those who were hurting; He didn’t sit in the temple and wait for them to come in. He went to the buildings to offer a new wine skin, a new way of thinking, and a truth that could not be denied if one listened with an open heart. The man who came in today will be here this Friday to volunteer his time to help others. He has been drawn by God to learn how to be a servant. He will learn to love and help others who are going through the same kind of struggles he is now overcoming. That’s the way it’s supposed to work.

I pray that whoever reads this will get a fresh vision for your walk with Christ and will allow Him to breathe new fire into your desire to reach the lost and make disciples of those who are confused and hurting.  The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Lord please send the workers!

DON’T BE A SISSY.

By the way, did I mention we need Mentors for over 7,000 youth in Arkansas whose parents are incarcerated. Here is a field of young lives to be harvested. Are you ready to step up and play a godly role in a young person’s life? Let us know by calling 501-516-1602. Blessings

Robert H. Holt
Pastor Healing Waters Outreach Center
Executive Director of L.O.V.E. “Let Our Violence End” Inc.
14036 Sardis Road
Shannon Hills, AR 72103
501-516-1602
r-kholt@att.net
www.letourviolenceend.com

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