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Friday, July 8, 2011

Throw Away People

God has torn my heart wide open for throw away people.

     You know the people I'm talking about.  They're the ones that we decide aren't worth our time.  They're not worth our effort to deal with.  They are the beneath us.  They're difficult and problematic.  They have hurts and hang-ups just like us but we don't give them the same leeway we give ourselves.  We've become tired of "dealing" with them or people like them.  We're much happier when we don't have to be bothered with them.  Our praise rings out louder.  Our worship seems to flow easier.  Our ministry work is so much more enjoyable when they are not present.  But God says ... "your praise rings dull in my ears, your worship is not in truth and you are walking away from the very ones I placed in front of you for you to minister to. The one they see in you... is not me."

     God didn't give us the ability and right to choose who is worthy and who is not.  God didn't give us the right to give value to some and take value away from others.

Romans 3:10 says - "There is none righteous, no not one..."
Isaiah 53:6 says - "All of us were like sheep that were lost, each of us going his own way. But the LORD made the punishment fall on him, the punishment all of us deserved."
In the Church, in the ministry, no matter how many people you have, no matter whether you pastor a church or run a small bible study, no matter whether you are over children's ministry or you're the janitor, no matter whether you're a greeter or a layman in the pew... God says it's time you remember where you came from.   
"I saw value in you when you were in the  midst of your mess, wallowing and satisfied in your nakedness and I forgave you.  I died for you.  Before you could ever see your need for me... I loved you.  My forgiveness,  my mercy and my grace are gifts I've given you, not for you to horde or give out only as you see fit.  I am no respecter of persons... I hear every cry, I see every tear... and I receive ALL who come to me.  
     Ananias was used by God to bring the fullness of healing and totally repentance to Saul of Tarsus, a murderer of God's people.  Ananias obeyed God though he as yet couldn't see Saul through God's eyes.
      As Ananias obeyed he watched God change a man who he would never have chosen to love and minister to, someone he had devalued because of the choices Saul had made and all the evil things he'd done.  Ananias was a witness to the miraculous work of God in a mans life.  Saul of Tarsus became Paul the apostle, he is thought to have possibly written fourteen books of the New Testament and God used him mightily to spread the gospel.

     God has called us to walk like Ananias... in obedience to minister to those in need of God's touch no matter who they are.  He's called us to look past the flesh and share with them the grace, mercy and forgiveness God gave us.  He's called us to look beyond how aggravating they are, how frustrating they can be... he's ask us to see the value in them...... and love them.

Lord, please teach us how to see others like you see them.  Teach us to value others as you do. Lord make us into your likeness.  It didn't matter if you were ministering to one or one thousand you had the same passion and loved them all the same.

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