Stepping out of the white van, I entered a new world. Underneath the city of Chicago is concrete maze. This is the place where many homeless people live. Under Wacker Dr. another community of people dwell. The experience blessed my soul and changed my perspective on life.
I got the opportunity, through Chicago Tabernacle, to take food to the homeless and pray for them. Not knowing what to expect I just prayed that God would teach me what He desired for me to learn. Before we left the church I met two awesome individuals; Arthur and Al. These two guy have an amazing story. Arthur and Al were both homeless and living on the streets. From the stories I’ve heard they were on some heavy drugs and drinking, but now they are a part of the street ministry and it’s awesome to see how God is transforming their lives. I asked Arthur how he got involved with the street ministry, he said,
“They been trying to get me for a long time. They would come down under Wacker and talk to me. One day I went with them to Chicago Tabernacle and really felt it was different. So I went to get Al and told him you gotta come with me and check this church out. We been coming ever since and we can’t stop coming.”
I’m reminded of Luke 14:21-23. It’s the Parable of the Great Supper. The master sent his servant out to invite many people to join him in this great supper, but so many were busy with the cares of this world. They didn’t listen to the master’s call. Finally the master told the servant to go quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind. The master also told the servant to go into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come so his house may be filled.
This is a picture of the Kingdom of God. At the marriage feast with the Bridegroom, Christ Jesus, will be those who were once on the streets and lanes of the city will be at the table dining with the King. Those who were once poor will have a great inheritance through Christ Jesus. The maimed, lame, and blind, will be completely restored and rejoicing! Those who are compelled to come will run into the hands of the Father!
Many times, I have walked passed someone who was homeless and thought I have nothing to give them, but I am totally wrong. Christ Jesus is in me the hope of glory!! My prayer is that we live as Peter and John who was asked by a lame man for some money. That we offer the individuals we so plainly walk by, let us offer them Christ!
Folks on the street who look down and out have faced rejection so many times in one day.
How dare we who are accepted by Christ Jesus reject someone who’s be rejected by the world.
My prayer is that Christ’s love will billow up in us and we’ll be compelled to pray for those on the street and the outcast of society. We too were once rejected by the world, but our Heavenly Father accepted us with loving arms! When we help those in need, we do it unto Christ Jesus.
Matthew 25:37-40 -Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You? 39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You? 40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.
We do this because of Christ Jesus, that He may be glorified. We do this because we received love and we should that love. We do this because it’s our duty.
If no one compelled Arthur and Al to come, then they would not have known the transforming power of Christ Jesus. Let us too go and compel people to come and know our King!
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