Messy Involvement by Pastor Chris

Don’t forget

Deuteronomy 10:17-19– “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed.18 He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. 19 So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.

God shows special kindness to the orphan, and He expects His people to do the same.
We have received so much from God it should not be a problem or a stretch to show it to others, especially those in need.

But far too often it is.  We get so consumed and bogged down with the details of our lives that we fail to see what God is wanting and needing us to accomplish in the here and now.

As Pastor Dave said Sunday and in yesterday's devo, we have a responsiblility to help those with messy lives around us and to do what we can as individuals and a church to help them get "cleaned up".

Again, we all were messy at one time or another.  We all were slaves to sin.  But God plucked us from this mess and provided a way out.
 

Galatians 4:4-7– But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”  Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

We have been adopted into His family, and what a privilege it is.

Involvement

My parents became foster parents when I was growing up.  I was in high school when this began.  I wasn't sure what to think about kids, I didn't know, LIVING in our home.
I am glad they did.
We had many children pass through our home: Chris, Jeffy, Nicole, Manny, Michael.  

And then there was "Sarah".

Before Sarah came into our life, her dad had shot Sarah's mom and then himself.  All while Sarah and her baby sister were in the house.

Sarah was 2 years old.

To survive, she lived on dog food for about 2 weeks.
That is how long it took for people to notice these 4 people were missing. 
The baby did not survive.

That is messy.

How awesome that God placed Sarah in our home for a time.  A Christian home.  We were able to provide stability while arrangements were being made for her relatives to adopt her.  We loved her and cared for her like she was a member of our family.  She was one of us.  She is in our photo albums.
God "ensured" that Sarah would recieve Justice. Hope. Protection. A Future.

As a father of five, I am in awe of my parents for getting involved in these lives while they had five of their own children to raise.
They decided to get involved in “messy” lives and do what they could to help.  They were able to be a point of stability for these children as they awaited adoption.

Remember, as Pastor Dave reminds us: 
Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God.

James 2:14-17– What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

What is so exciting is that God has called us to  this work!!
We have received so much from God it should not be a problem or a stretch to show it to others, especially those in need.
So what are we to do?

I encourage you to visit the Care Portal site that was mentioned in church last week.   
We have been adopted into His family, and what a privilege it is.  God did not forget us.  Therefore, we should not forget the orphan.

Let's get involved in the mess!!

 

 

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