|Our only day off on our medical mission trip. Celebrating my 21st birthday!|
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' -Matthew 25:40
This scripture has been running through my head the last few days. Thoughts of my time in India with the sick and forgotten, and also thinking of those who constantly live that life of caring for the unwanted have been on my heart.
While in India, God allowed me to walk in places that I truly believe that were like the places Jesus ventured into- The Land of the Unloved. Where the streets are flooded with raw sewage, and where a family of 6 live in a 12x12 cube. Where malnurishment abounds, and where good health is a luxury.
If you really take the time to think about it, there are plenty of unwanted and unloved people in this world. Third world countries are filled to the brim with them. Those with diseases. Those without homes. Those without jobs. Those given a medical expiration date. Those with the scars of war. Those with no valuable "purpose". The unborn.
These are the people who go through life, never experiencing love from anyone. Isn't that where we, as Christians, are supposed to step in? Unfortunately this is just not the case.
If you remember my post about giving to the homeless, I just don't see this kind of love in many Christians. Shoot, I don't see many loving their fellow church members-let alone those that the world has tossed away. Are we that "content" with ourselves?
This realization has been a burden on me for awhile. It sickens me when people feel they aren't "called" to reach those in need.
But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. -1 John 3:17-18
If we are to be parts of The Body, then we need to have the actions that back up our faith. Ask yourself, (I've been asking myself this question the past few days) "What am I doing, to love (action verb!) those in true need of Christ's love, other than just prayer?"
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.- James 2:20-24
Wanna know the most beautiful example of a family who does this?
This is a family that will open your eyes to a love like no other. I've posted about them a few times on my FB page, but I am telling you-you must check them out. I weep each time I read one of their posts.
They are a family who have adopted 13 children (they've lost one) from all over the world. They have taken on serious illnesses and disabilities by the load. At this very moment, they are waiting for the youngest to meet Jesus. They love the children that we have forgotten. I am moved each and every time I visit their page. They challenge what my version of "Jesus' love" really is. I can only imagine how the Lord looks upon them!
Now, I am not putting this family on a pedestal. I am rejoicing in the way they have allowed Christ to use them. I am also NOT saying that everyone needs to go out and adopt a sick baby. What I'm saying is to look at what your comfort zone is, and really evaluate how Christ intended us to take care of one another. My ultimate dream? To have the ability to help families, like those with the 12 babies, financially. With adoption fees and medical bills, I pray that one day my husband and I would be able to help remove some of the burden.
Looking for ways to "love (action verb!) one another"? Look for those in your church who are alone. Those without a job or family. The ones who aren't the social butterflies. Volunteer to make meals for the older widow or the mom who just had a baby. Ask to babysit for the stressed young couple. Go sit with babies from DSS. Feed the homeless. Pay a heating bill for the older couple on a fixed income. Visit nursing homes. Volunteer at the orphanage. Adopt. Sit with cancer patients going through chemo.
One of the best things you can do? Teach your kids to do the same. We need to raise a generation that rises above the entitlement view of American society. Make loving others second nature. Remove the zone of comfort and extend our arms as far as they can reach.
We don't have to stay the Sunday morning Christians any longer. We can revolt against the norm and fall in love with God's creation all over again.
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. -1 Corinthians 9:12
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