Jacob.

I have been feeling very convicted to share a story with you that happened during my week.  I have to start from the beginning though so bare with me.  My husband and I have never been “rich” financially,  we have built two great businesses and closed them, explored Corporate America (Tyler is still there, it was not for me), and most recently I have accepted a call I feel so strongly about in the Lord to be a Youth Pastor and I have answered that call and am currently serving the King.  My point in explaining our history is to explain that we have never had the cash flow to serve others (specifically the poor) like I would like, but that has never stopped me from my passion and purpose to serve God’s people.  You see, I have worked in countless homeless shelters and worked with the poor most of my adult life and way more in the last few years and I have realized you don’t have to have millions to serve, thank God, but I am convicted to share truth with you tonight and I am not entirely sure if everyone reading this will like it.  Then again, we serve a God who sent his one and only son to die for us and that story is one many don’t like either and I share that on a daily basis so here goes! 

“I just want to make sure we go in the daylight so it’s safer” -One mom in regards to taking her child to one of the shelters I served at.

“Maybe when he gets a little older, I feel like 11 years old is too young for him to be exposed to that” -A mom in regards to her child serving at the shelter 

“Don’t you dare pick strangers up on the side of the road, you could die” -My husband.

You see, these all have a pretty common theme.  I am NOT saying that these parents and my husband don’t have a point because they absolutely do, BUT here is where it’s time for me to speak TRUTH to you if you are reading this tonight. 

34 “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who will receive good things from my Father. Inherit the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world began. 35 I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. 36 I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’37 “Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 “Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

Theologically you cannot argue that serving isn’t something we are called to do. Mark 10:45, Phillippians 2:5-7, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Mark 9:35, Galatians 5:13, Colossians 3:23-24, I feel like you understand my point with just these verses although I could go on and on with scripture proving we are called to serve all day long, but that isn’t my only point in this post.  

Let me share with you the story of Jacob.

Last week I had just went to Old Navy and purchased a new winter coat ($15 on clearance – WIN), and then decided to stop at Family Christian (cheesy Christian TSHIRT – WIN), then I decided to head home because we had a complete white out!  The snow was insane blowing everywhere and the roads were bad within 15 minutes of the crazy snowfall!  As I started driving home I noticed a man on the side of the road walking.. His uncovered red snow covered hands covered his face and a light black jacket and light black pants covered his snow covered body as he trudged through this insane (brief, but insane) snow storm in the 13 degree weather.  I drove by, turned my heat up and all of the sudden my stomach got sick. “How dare you drive by that brother?” I got afraid like I was going crazy imagining the Lord saying that to me.  As I drove another mile I couldn’t shake that feeling.  I called my husband to tell him I could not keep driving, I had to pick this man up.  My husband got furious.. He said, “we are outside of Detroit you could be killed” as I made the (wrong) decision to hang up on him I safely informed him of where I was and that I had no choice.  I pulled my truck over to the side of the road only to see the shaking young man white as can be with snow all over his body and I unlocked my car door and said “get in”.  I felt no fear, I just felt confused.  “What are you doing?!” I asked with complete shock.  He answered, “I have been walking for a couple miles almost and waving people down but no one would stop for me, my bike tire popped leaving work and I don’t have anyone to call so I had to walk and people kept flicking me off and cursing out their car windows at me when I waved people down to try and get a ride so I just figured oh well I’ll have to walk the 2 and a half miles home”.  I proceeded to drive Jacob home to his trailer park as we discussed the church he sometimes walks to and his life in this rough time, as I dropped Jacob off I told him to please be safe and I would see him soon (trust me, this isn’t the end of our friendship).  

My story about Jacob is not to hear you tell me what a good person I am.  My story about Jacob is to hopefully OPEN OUR HEARTS, our EARS, our EYES to the need that is EVERY single place we look.  My story about Jacob is to explain to you that it may be scary, it may be hard, but JESUS asked us to TAKE CARE (LOVE) HIS PEOPLE!!!!!  JESUS!  Jesus asked us, but we so easily drive by because we are afraid.. Because we are uncomfortable by the unknown.  I am not encouraging you to pick up every strange man on the side of the road, but maybe I am?  I don’t know what God will put on your heart after you read this blog but YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.  No longer can we stand on the sidelines and live comfortably.  OPEN THE DOOR to the people your unsure of.  When are we going to realize that even though they look different, act different, and hey maybe they even smell different, GOD DOESNT SEE THEM as anything but HIS CHILDREN.  We have GOT to wake up and truly start serving his people.  I don’t know how your service to God will look, but it has to start now.

Please do not go another day being the guy who watched Jacob almost freeze to death, you have a choice.

I want you to be safe, I want you to be smart, but I want you to serve God’s people because he doesn’t see them as “less” the way we label them so often.  Jacob is a child of God.  Jacob is my brother.  Jacob deserved my hand, because Jacob is just like me, God sees him no different.
I love you. Serve His people. Amen.

 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GfosSggwQS0

Live Like That”

Sometimes I think What will people say of me When I’m only just a memory When I’m home where my soul belongs.. Was I love??  When no one else would show up?? Was I Jesus to the least of us?? Was my worship more than just a song??

I want to live like that

And give it all I have

So that everything I say and do

Points to You

If love is who I am

Then this is where I’ll stand

Recklessly abandoned

Never holding back

I want to live like that
I want to live like that

Am I proof That You are who you say ? You are That grace can really change our heart? Do I live like Your love is true? People pass And even if they don’t know my name Is there evidence that I’ve been changed.. When they see me, do they see You??

I want to live like that
And give it all I have

So that everything I say and do

Points to You

If love is who I am
Then this is where I’ll stand

Recklessly abandoned

Never holding back

I want to live like that

I want to live like that
I want to show the world the love You gave for me

I’m longing for the world to know the glory of the King
I want to live like that

And give it all I have

So that everything I say and do

Points to You
If love is who I am

Then this is where I’ll stand

Recklessly abandoned

Never holding back