“Great blessings belong to those who know they are spiritually in need. God’s kingdom belongs to them”— Matthew 5:3 (ERV).
Two words describe my immediate feelings when I see a homeless person walking down the road: grateful and blessed, followed by a prayer for the person. If the area is safe, I stop and offer money or food, depending on the place and time. I often wonder, “Where does he or she belong? What is their story? Of course, I never ask.
God has increasingly placed it on my heart to help the homeless. In the past, I would have judged a homeless person—and sometimes it’s difficult not to. However, throughout Scripture, it is clear we are to help the poor, the downtrodden, the hungry, the afflicted, and yes, the outcasts.
Remember the outcasts in society. Jesus did. He healed the lepers, revealed Himself to a Samaritan woman at the well, and using parables, He made His point about helping others. In Luke 10: 25-37, Jesus extolled the virtues of an outcast—a Samaritan—who came to the rescue of a man who had been beaten, robbed, and left for dead. Two others, a priest, and a Levite, had ignored the man in trouble, crossing to the other side of the road to avoid him. But the good Samaritan took the time and his own resources to make sure the injured man was well-taken care of so he would survive.
We Thrive When We Belong
Food, water, shelter, and air are necessary for our survival. But there’s another aspect of life that’s also important to our survival. We need to feel we belong, not just to a specific group or organization, but to experience a human connection. That’s when we thrive.
God created Adam. But He didn’t stop there. He created Eve, saying, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” From the beginning, God knew we needed a human connection.
More importantly, He knew we needed a connection to Him. Even when Adam and Eve sinned, God wasn’t surprised. But it was all part of His master plan for mankind: the birth and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, who would ultimately die for our sins, creating a bridge between God and humanity. Only love for His beloved children could lead to such a sacrifice.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service