“But He said, “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”
What do all these people have in common?
- The Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
- The Tax Collector (Luke 18:15-17)
- The Children (Luke 18:18-30)
- The Blind Beggar (Luke 18:35-43)
All these people reached out to Jesus for help.
Though marginalized by society, these people and the children’s parents knew Jesus could give them what humanity would not.
Jesus told us that we would always have the poor. And, we see it everyday. The disenfranchised still live on the fringes of society:
- The Homeless
- The Elderly
- The Unemployed
- The Disabled
- The Poor
- The _______________________
Many citizens, including those who claim to be Christians, are advocates for such people. They march to increase awareness, appeal to lawmakers, donate to causes, and share opinions on social media sites. These strategies are well-intentioned, but why not go above everyone’s heads and go straight to the One who can do something — especially if you claim to believe in Jesus?
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight.
You do not have because you do not ask God.”
If you define yourself as a Christian merely because you believe in Jesus, I challenge you to step up your game. Satan believes in Jesus. And actually, Satan believes Jesus. He is keenly aware of God’s power in the world, which is exactly why he works overtime to influence followers of Christ. Don’t fall for his evil tactics.
Here is your memory work for today:
I Thessalonians 5:17
God bless you for your compassion! Continue your advocacy efforts, but don’t go it alone. Before you do anything, pray for God’s wisdom, direction, and blessing. Examine your involvement activities through a Christian lens. Is what you are about to do going to honor God? Can your actions be justified biblically? If not, then don’t do it. We don’t know how God will work, but we know that He will.
These are the times to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Our understanding is insufficient to handle the hurts of the world, but God’s got it all handled.