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One More Time ……

October 31, 2015
               “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect re-payment, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’, expecting to be re-paid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”               Luke 6: 32-36
             These same verses are hitting me again with living truth and life that I cannot escape.  We are ALL called to love and serve everyone.  To be good and kind to them, and always be merciful. How we treat people is very important and it matters not if they are sinners, ungrateful, or even wicked.  And perhaps it is them we are called to accept and love the most.
               For that to happen we need to be in the world where they live and not hiding out in some “church” building.  Many “Christians” today are all about escaping the world and staying away from sinners.  They treat their “church buildings” like they are some kind of fortress that keeps the world out and sinners far away.
             Jesus ate and hung out with sinners all the time.  So why shouldn’t we?  Instead of avoiding those who need Jesus..we should be in direct contact with them all the time.  That is why I love working with addicts.  We need to be in the world, but not of it.  Because in Jesus we have nothing to fear.  ”It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.”  A healthy church is one who sends out people to meet the needs of those who need help the most.  Staying in the sanctuary does not help anyone at all.
               The healthiest churches are the ones who stress the fact that EVERYONE is a missionary. Missions are not just about reaching third world countries; true missions are about reaching your neighbors first and then spreading out to the rest of the world around you.  ANYONE can be a missionary.  The only equipping and training you really need comes directly from the Holy Spirit.  If you have accepted Christ as your Lord then you already are a missionary and there are people in your life right now that need God’s help as it flows through your very own life. Don’t worry about being qualified or called.  The fact is that Jesus makes you qualified and you are already called.
                What are we waiting for?  You know the truth in love…so just walk in it!  In Christ you are already capable of bearing good fruit.  So just spread out your branches and allow people to start eating now.  Stop waiting for someone special to do it for you or give you permission.  In Jesus you are that special person.  So please just step up and go for it now!
               Love and…
               Kirk Out !

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  1. Once again I apologize for the formatting of this post. WordPress would not publish this post with my paragraph spacing. However, it did allow me to add indentations which hopefully helps a little.

  2. Tom Ball permalink

    To be used by God to bring others to Christ, we pretty much have to go where people are..

  3. janet fowler permalink

    I had a thought ( it happens occasionally!) while reading this. We need to just get to know people and be good neighbors WITHOUT AN AGENDA! people feel an agenda and will not appreciate it if you go get to know them hoping to change them. We need to love them first whether they change or not, and be ready to answer them when they wonder what is different about us. They will feel Jesus in us and be attracted to it, but not if we look down our religious noses at them.

    • Absolutely true and right on target Janet! We relate to people, not work on them like they are spiritual projects.

  4. "BK" permalink

    “We relate to people, not work on them like they are spiritual projects.” I liked that statement alot. True, so true. Also with Tom and you both, we go where they are. Today I ‘went where they are’…into the building. What a mission field! 🙂 Got the ‘pastor’s’ email address and will be sending him a “your message was good today….have you ever considered….???” email to him. Praying to at least sow seed in a heart that is sincere but misguided. Great word, Christopher, Tom & Janet! Love, “BK”

  5. Angela Dutcher permalink

    It was a good message. People do forget their neighborhood, work place, grocery store, or McDonald’s is a missions field; we don’t have to travel hours across the ocean to tell people about the Love of Jesus.

  6. Rich Chamberlin permalink

    Indeed you touch on my entire purpose – saying everyone is on his mission does not make it so! Saying that is the expectation – may help make it so! (at least for some)

  7. amen…we are ALL ministers of the gospel.

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