Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge:
"...Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables..."
Matthew 10:5-8 The Message
Jesus sends his workers to the neighborhood to take care of the neighbors. I don't have to go very far to find my neighborhood. Sometimes I don't even have to go out my front door...
My neighbors are the homeless, the hustlers, the drug addicts, the mentally ill, the lonely, the forgotten, the people next door. They populate the street corners, parking lots, office buildings, churches, medians along the highway.
I'm getting pretty good at delivering food, money, and prayer, at the medians. I never know how much time I'm going to have, sometimes enough to preach the Good News with lunch provided, sometimes just enough for a Jesus Pen hand off, through the car window, before the light changes...
The Kingdom is here and now and in it nothing is impossible! You don't always get everything you want, but you always get what you need!
"With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 NIV
So go out into your neighborhood, take care of your neighbors. Heal the sick, raise the dead, show kindness to strangers, preach the gospel. You can do it all in Jesus' Name!
Jesus said so...
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life"
John 3:16 NIV
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Thank you for reading. Until next week, Shalom, His peace be with you!
Susan Beth Furst is a poet, author, and sometime photographer. Her desire is to glorify God with the gifts he has given her.