I have several very good friends whose lives are all about showing mercy. Three of them, in particular, stand out for me. Adrienne Livingston, my colleague and our mission’s Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives & Brian and Deb McIntyre who lead West Africa Mercy Ministries. These dear friends of mine serve the least of them: the forgotten, the weakest, the lonely and the ones we don’t see. They do good work and I am proud to know them and have some small part in what they do.
It occurred to me that often we leave care for the needy to the big organizations. We feel like what we have to give is not enough to make a difference. We feel like we cannot make a dent in the problem. We feel like we are ill-equipped for the task.
Our God cares about the marginalized — it is the reason He sent His son to Calvary; for us – the marginalized! Do you know what desperate state we were in before Calvary? We were lost, homeless, alone, destined to fail, empty, wicked, orphaned, imprisoned; and then Calvary found us and cleaned us up; gave us a new home; ensured that we would never be alone; gave to us a hopeful future; filled us with the Holy Spirit; forgave and cleansed us; made us children of God and joint heirs with Christ and set us free! Hallelujah!
I pray today that each one of us will have a heart for the marginalized that are all around us. May we desire to bind up the broken hearted. May we desire to heal the hurting. May we desire to care for the lonely. One person at a time we, the Body of Christ, can make a difference in this world. We don’t have to wait until the holiday “giving season” we can start today!
“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18