A few weeks ago I had a very soul stirring experience! And I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
It was on one Sunday afternoon my dad came and picked me up from church and he said we had to go to the store. Nothing unusual… We got to the store and got out of the car and started to walk inside. As we was walking in this young man sitting on the ground caught my eye. He had beat up clothes on and was dirty… He was homeless, I’m guessing. As we got closer I realized he was trying to light a cigarette bud with a tiny wooden match. It caught my attention! Something started to stir inside of me as we walked into the store. I couldn’t stop thinking about that guy.
I couldn’t get this thought out of my mind “He needs Jesus too!”. No doubt many people walked by him that day and said something like “Go get a job”, “Get out of here”, “You stink”, and probably much more. But when I walked by him not one bad thought popped into my mind the only thing that popped into my mind was “He needs Jesus too!”.
It broke my heart… Here I am… Just got out of church on a Sunday and I’m living for God. But that could have been me sitting there trying to light a cigarette bud with a match. That could be me dirty and hungry! But I was blessed to be raised in the Truth and know who Jesus is.
And as I seen him sitting there I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. No doubt he has had a hard life. That might be the only thing he has ever known. Maybe no one has ever took the time to tell him about Jesus and how much Jesus loves him. And that he can have a better life. He doesn’t have to be bound by sin and addiction. There is a God that loves him and that wants his soul to be saved. I kept thinking about it… I seen something special in him. I seen something missing in his life. He probably has tried countless things to fill the void inside of him but nothing has worked. He feels broken and alone. All he wants is someone to care for him. He wants to feel loved…
I really really regret not giving him one of my church cards… But I have prayed for him. I have never met him or seen him before but I know God wants his soul to be saved.
He’s hurt. He is confused. He’s alone. He’s been done wrong. His heart is broken. He wants to be loved. He wants to be free.
And I have the answer he is looking for! Shame on me/us if we don’t share Jesus with the lost and hurting!! That could have been me sitting there… I’m not better than him because of the way I live. I used to be just like him. I used to be a sinner and bound just like him. He deserves to know Jesus too! Jesus died for him just like he died for me.
Every time I listen to this song I think about that guy I seen outside the store. Jesus is looking for that guy I seen outside the store.
I don’t know where that guy is today. I probably won’t see him again, but I will be praying for him. I pray he finds Jesus and will be set free completely. And he doesn’t have to look to worldly things to fill that void inside of him.
We are quick to look past the dirty and broken people in this world. We don’t want to talk to them because they aren’t our kind of people. But they need help too. They need Jesus too. We need to show them that Jesus cares for them too. Maybe no one has ever told them about Jesus and they don’t know how to change their life. Someone was kind enough to tell you about Jesus! Your parents, grandparents, or maybe even a stranger on the street… Or maybe you were blessed to be raised in the church like me. But I was still told about Jesus!! Why would you not want to share Jesus with someone who is broken and hurting?!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
(9) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, (10) Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
If you didn’t get the highlight in that verse it was “And such were some of you”! Don’t look down on other people because you used to be that same as them! Such were some of you!! We all need Jesus and just because I’m a Christian doesn’t make me better than anyone! If it wasn’t for Jesus we would be lost in sin too. We would be empty inside too. We are nothing without Jesus!
So, love the broken and dirty! Pray for them, help them! Because…
THEY NEED JESUS TOO!!