WHAT DO YOU DO?
Odd little title; right? But in reality, this question has bounced around inside all our heads at some point in life. Truth be told, we’ve all experienced sleepless nights seeking answers to this very question. Unfortunately, it’s one of God’s teaching tools, and because it deals with people; the outcome is always extremely unpredictable. So here is my question to you; if God sent you a homeless addict, with all the mental baggage of that life? What do you do? Don’t stop reading because you fear the answer! Many Christians will do the churchy thing and tell them where the nearest homeless shelter is, some will even shove a few dollars on them and send them on their way. Sadly, few will offer them a ride to the shelter, or even bother to get their name, they simply want them to go away. This is why so many homeless have no trust in the church. Many homeless are experiencing the first three questions in Matthew 11:28a (MSG), 28a “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
As one who carries compassion for hurting people, due to a background of personal experience, I’ve learned the world doesn’t consider circumstances with its rules, they are one size fits all, and yes, I believe rules are necessary. However, the method of applying said rules must vary to obtain effective personalized healing and development. The absolute mandate for me personally is to love them into trusting me. Then my goal becomes to do everything for them that I needed “done” for me when I was there. The absolute worst thing I could do is add to their already unbearable load. They need a clean (un-addicted) friend to answer those hard questions people purposely avoid. People have to see Matthew 28b-30 (MSG), Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 29 Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 30 Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” being lived in my life to know that is what they need in theirs. But for many, the immediate reality will be, now that God has brought them “to you”, What do you do? Fun fact; Spiritual challenges will never find favor with human flesh! (pal)
Here’s the “why,” for What do you do? This is a true story from a Christian brother. Rich has a small group of recovering addicts that he mentors, with housing, training, employment, and spiritual teaching, he also helps with the issues that come from being addicted. The grads learn to live a Godly life of integrity. Recently, a treatment center wanted him to take one into his program, which he (Rich) felt would not be a good fit because the person wasn’t looking for healing, he just needed a place to stay until he got enough money to get out on his own. But realizing The Holy Spirit put this guy before him, he dismissed his feelings and gave this man a chance. I mean “What do you do,” Rich asked? He took the guy in and after a few months, the man repaid their kindness with physical brutality on his way out. It didn’t work out but the lessons learned by the group are invaluable and they couldn’t be learned any other way.
Father God, I submit the answer to What do you do? Whatever the Holy Spirit is telling you! I Pray that everyone reading this would open their hearts to family, friends, neighbors, and all we meet our hand in love and a word of encouragement. Let no one wonder, “What do you do?” Live John 15:12 (MSG), This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you and 1 Peter 4:8 (MSG), Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.
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