We thought we change it up just a bit with our message this week. My home church is having Mission Sunday – so we decided to have Mission Sunday here as well.
Today’s Message comes to us from: Luke 10:25-37 (The Good Samaritan)
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LOVE THY GOD with all THY HEART
When Jesus was asked what one must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus replied that you must love him with all your heart and soul. In order to accomplish this, one must do what God instructs us to do. Deuteronomy 11:13
The story continues with Jesus telling the story of a man beaten, robbed and basically left for dead at the side of the road. People would pass by on the other side, but one Samaritan took it upon himself to fulfill God’s words and have compassion on the man.
I know this part of the story must really hit close to home. Our beaten down could be just we ran out of luck or that addiction. You have been robbed of the chance to enjoy the necessities of life. I understand the people passing by or crossing the streets.
But remember there are folks out there that have compassion for you. These are the ministries that serve you every day of the week. Crossing barriers Ministry, Churches on the Street, Roof Top Church, The Connection, Campaign for Christ, Making a Difference, Message & a Meal, Pot bangers, Be the Change, For His Glories just to name a few. These do not include the individuals out there like Jennifer Little, Mark Choquette, Dale Collins are just a few that brave the elements to be there for you. Galatians 6:2
HOUSED and FED
The story has somewhat of a happy ending because not only does the Samaritan feed and provide a place for the man, but he takes care of the man after he is gone.
“What you spend while I am gone, I will pay you when I return”
The key word to this is continuality. He didn’t just feed and give the man a place to sleep but he continued to assist the man.
Ministries out there today also show continuality. I don’t know a ministry that I mentioned above that does not repeat their efforts week in and week out. They provide you with clothing, food, drink, toiletries, and if you are lucky you may acquire a sleeping bag or tent.
The housing part is a stretch to most of these ministries as they rely on the good graces of volunteers and donors. However, there are places that you put some energy into will get you out of the cold and weather elements.
There are many ministries out there to assist you in you climb back up the letter to life. You have places like Biddle House, Peter Paul and many shelters where you can be warm inside at night. You have agencies that will assist with your addictions. There are agencies that will get you the medical attention you need or the medicine you required or even eye or dental. You have twenty-one meals in a week. I can give you a list of four places that cover you every day of the week for breakfast, eight places for lunch, and three places for dinners not including the shelters. All you need to do is request the list.
Some of the help is there for you. It comes to you and you can count on it. Some is random and we like to refer to that as a bonus when a family or church folks are doing a good deed. However, I like to name these ministries as a band-aid – just a short-term solution. The words from a great series of movies:
Your mission Dan/Jim, should you choose/decide to accept it, … As always, should you or any of your Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape/disc will self-destruct in five/ten seconds.
STEP ONE: OWN IT
This is the first step because before you can go any further you have to admit to yourself that you have a problem. Sound easy, right? Not really! You not only have to admit that you are homeless, but you must also admit all the underlying problems as well. So, you will need to dig deep to answer these questions as well:
- What caused you to become homeless?
- Are there drug or alcohol addictions?
- Are there mental issues?
- Are there trust issues?
- Unemployment or budgeting issues or credit issues?
- Family or marriage issues
Once you have answered all these questions, put them together and own your story:
“I am homeless because…. I also have these issues as well…
STEP TWO: ASK FOR HELP
You have owned the problems you are in. Both the main problem and the underlying problems but we all realize you are homeless but until you ask for help, it is highly unlikely you will be led by the hand or given the world on a platter.
STEP THREE: MAKE PLANS & STICK TO
STEP FOUR: ACTION
STEP FIVE: RE-PLAN
STEP SIX: DEBRIEF
STEP SEVEN: HONORABLE DISCHARGE – NEW MISSION
Those of you that are in the bible reading program, this week’s assignment is Acts 11-15.