Sharing Jesus and helping those in need.
June 19, 2009
Isaiah 58:1, 7(a) (New Living Translation)
1 “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast.
Shout aloud! Don’t be timid.
Tell my people Israel of their sins!
7 Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them…”
I noticed a pattern both in the Old and New Testaments. Before an individual’s physical need is met we are to primarily deal with the spiritual need. This is not to say we must get the person to say a sinner’s prayer before we help them. The Lord wants to meet people’s basic needs. Yet, He is most concerned for the person’s spiritual need.
There are many Christian organizations doing wonderful social outreaches. However, if an organization proclaims to be a Christian ministry, the spiritual need of people is the ultimate goal. Christian organizations, churches, groups, and individuals can feed, clothe, and provide shelter for people, yet if those people are not given an opportunity to receive Jesus in their lives and make him their Savior and Lord; we have just allowed these people to be the best dressed and well fed as they are on their way to Hell.
There are plenty on secular organizations providing the same kinds of services as Christian organizations. Yet, if Christian organizations downplay the need for a Savior in order to promote themselves as worthy social cause, it would best to drop the Christian title.
A person primary need to be rescued not from poverty and sickness. Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord and recognizing Jesus’s blood washed away their sins so they don’t have to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire is a person’s primary need. Sometimes God uses pain and suffering to drive a person to accept Jesus as payment for their sins.
We should always be ready to help people. Yet, seeing them receive Jesus in their lives has eternal rewards for a person than temporairly satisfying a person’s hunger and nakedness.