Matthew 25:35-36 “When I was hungry and you gave me something to eat and I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me……”
H.O.M.E. – the ministry to Pensacola’s homeless……The facts: about 100 attened and ate lunch today. Many showered and changed into clean clothes. Some ate and ran but 4 stayed for Bible study. Several had medical questions which were answered. Hygiene items like shampoo and soap were distributed along with candles and bug spray. About 35 believers served today. The food was good! The clothes given away were nice and clean on hangers. The fellowship for some was sweet and others simple necessity.
Why serve the homeless? Many churches do not! You could point at the fact that 100 ate a meal and only 4 attended Bible study. Aren’t some of them criminals and addicts? Aren’t most just opportunistic visitors who take what they can get free? Most will never become church members.
Why serve the homeless? Because it is right! Jesus closed Matthew 25 by stating in verse 45 that if you don’t serve them, you don’t serve Christ. v. 46 says “then they will go away to eternal punishment….”. Why serve the homeless? Because many of us (all….) are basically criminals and addicts in the eyes of a perfect GOD. You can argue and be offended but we are all sinners. You may not be addicted to crack or liquor but something has your attention. How well do you manage you money, pay your taxes, etc.? How many spend more money at McDonald’s every day than they give to support widows or orphans. How’s that anger issue? Do you watch more TV than read your Bible? Are your perfect?
Why serve a group that only 4% are interested in Bible study? Isn’t that a big waste of time and effort? Here is my counter argument. Does your outreach or occupation have a 4% success rate. If a car salesman sells 4% he will make ALOT of money! If the local evangelist studies with 4% of the people he meets each day, he will have accomplished tremendous things. Thing about it. 1 out of every 25 is INTERESTED!
Why serve the homeless today? If nothing else, my 9 year old son is learning to serve others and to be useful. That in itself would be enough.
JUST DO IT!
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