Recently, I have to work on a temporary assignment downtown Chicago where I live, and because of parking issues, I had to commute via the ‘L’ through the length of the job. It’s been a long while I did that. Seriously, sometimes I do I miss commuting on the train.
If I drive, it would have been twenty-five minutes from my house, but since I have to hopped on the train, it was taken about An hour and half for me to get over there. I loved it though because it allowed me the time to read, reflect, rest and see things I don’t ordinarily see in my everyday life. In the past four years My interaction with people has been very minimal. I wonder how I can make possibly make an impact with my kind of lifestyle.
Anyway, that commuting experience exposed me to see a lot of stuff that kept me wondering and awakened me to the reality of works that we as Christians need to do to get people out of the darkness and etched (Colossians 1:13). We were not saved to sit down warming the pews in our Churches but to work (Ephesians 2:10)
When we follow Jesus, we automatically become people’s catchers.
Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.”Matthew 4:19
But how can we become people’s catchers if we are only comfortable and mingles with people who only look like us or talk like us? Jesus, our perfect model, is associated with the high and mighty as well the bad and the rejects in the society. One day, He was having dinner with the highly placed in the community, and the religious experts of the day showed up to question His disciples, hear what He told them-
“Jesus overheard their complaining and said, “Who goes to the doctor for a cure? Those who are well or those who are sick? I have not come to call the ‘righteous,’ but to call those who fail to measure up and bring them to repentance.”Luke 5: 31-32
Sometime to win souls, we have to come down from our high horses. Playing it safe cannot do the work. Sometimes. We have to dine with the unimaginable and deal with the most impossible, but as long as God is involved, positive results will start flowing in – transformed lives and changed circumstances.
“When those known as the Pharisees saw what was happening, they were indignant, and they kept asking Jesus’ disciples, “Why would your Master dine with such lowlifes?”
First off, let’s go soul hunting. The real work is with the lowlifes. Avoiding lowlifes is avoiding real work. Our ” holier -than thou” posture cannot help anybody, even Jesus himself, identified with the needy and the oppressed. He came to seek and save the lost, so off to them, He went.
According to Dr. David Jeremiah, “If we remove ourselves from those who need Jesus, we remove a lot of opportunity they will have to meet Him.”
You Can Start By Asking These Questions –
🔥To whom Am I called to serve?
🔥Where can I find them?
🔥How can I serve them?
🔥What resources do I have or have access to, in order for me to serve them?
🔥What gifts, talents, exposure, and experience do I have to serve them best?
🔥How well am I prepared – mentally, physically, and spiritually for the task?
Prayerfully consider your options (Jeremiah 33:3) And launch into action!