Wednesday, February 4, 2009

In The Eyes Of The World

"Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?" James 2:5 NIV

This verse struck a chord within my heart this morning as I was listening to the audio Bible. The Holy Spirit had given me a Word many months ago to go to the "unloved" and tell them that Jesus knows them and loves them.

So often we think of the "unloved" as the homeless, the street people, or those who are just have fallen on hard times. Perhaps the definition might be those who are hard to get along with and so society pushes them aside. But this morning I am reconsidering that the "unloved" could even be those within our congregations every Sunday morning.

Consider this: Are there people in your congregation that people just navigate away from, not wanting to touch or speak with? Do people make an honest effort to reach out to others? If not, why not? Would you then consider them to be unloved?

And yet, even in their desperation of loneliness and being unwanted have within them a kernel of joy and love unspeakable that keeps them coming back for more of the Word they hear. They are not basing their joining in fellowship with the hands of welcome, they know are not there; but rather, they come out of the need for more of what God has to offer and a hope in the promise to those who love Him.

This is February, the month when we have become accustomed to hearts, love and flowers; good will and relationships. Reach out today to one you know is "unloved" sharing the heart of Christ and really mean it.

A Fiery Flame For His Service
Susan Storm Smith

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Godly words to heed. Susan