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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What A Homeless Man Taught Me (Guest post by Hannah Grace)

Hey there! Today we have a second guest poster here. I hope you enjoy the article:


About a week ago, my mom and I were running errands, and one of our stops was the laundromat. (We live on a farm and for some of our clothes we really appreciate a commercial washer.) As we walked in the door, I was suddenly nervous as a rough-looking man walked in, his dog tied up outside. His hair was long and straggly, and his face showed he had seen a lot in life.


As a young lady who doesn’t look too intimidating (at least I don’t think so…), I was nervous, and in my mind rightly so.


As I pushed quarters into the slot in the dryer, I heard him talking to another customer, and as I turned around, he was sharing about Jesus! I was shocked! I mean, this homeless man, who couldn’t even afford to use the dryer, who had no home to go back to if he got beat up, was on fire for the Lord, and everyone he had a chance to talk to he would try his best to share with them. Even his bicycle had signs on it, reminding those around him that Jesus still loved them.


This homeless man taught me so many lessons that day. One about being too hasty to come to conclusions, but most of all, to share my faith boldly.


We have probably all read the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” But how do we get from the reading to the doing?


Now true confession time; to be completely honest, at first I didn’t feel like I am the best person to write on this topic. I am very shy, and often nervous to share my faith. But I hope that the lessons I am learning now help you avoid some of the mistakes that I’ve made, and that we can grow together as we learn to step out and stand up for the Lord. As we think about this important topic, I think we should all pray these three things (as well as many others!):


  1. “Help me love for those around me.”
I once heard about a missionary who served with her husband in a rough town. As the men came down to dinner from their work in the mountains, she suddenly noticed there was a man missing. “Where is he?” she asked. The men quickly told her that he was very sick, and would probably die, but none of them wanted to try to help him. She was obviously concerned, but when she asked, they all warned her – he was mean. But she decided to go anyway. Day after day she tried to care for him, but he just cursed her. After a while, she started to grow weary. That night as she tucked her small daughter into bed, her daughter noticed she hadn’t prayed for the sick man. “Mommy,” she asked, “did you give up on him?” “I guess so,” she replied. Then her daughter asked, “Did God give up on him?”


That question really opened her eyes – did she have God’s love for people?


This is a question we must all ask ourselves: do we love the lost? Are we concerned about where they will spend eternity?


None of us will get it right all the time, and I am sure we all have had missed opportunities because of our fear, but each of us can choose to love. We need to ask the Lord to give us His love for the people around us, to seek the Lord to give us the love He showed us.


  1. “Let me never forget the gift I’ve been given.”
Nearly two-thousand years ago, God gave His life not for His friends, but for His enemies! He was beaten, pierced, wounded, and humiliated for you and me! He willingly laid His life down to rescue us from the problem we created. He gave us life when we chose death.


As we approached Resurrection Sunday this year, I prayed that God would open my eyes to His amazing love, and that I would realize the gift He gave me.


And after the Good Friday service, it was so real. To feel the weight of our Lord crucified was just a glimpse into that weekend.


I’m reminded of the words from the song, “Amazing Love”:


“I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.”


We have been given such an amazing gift! One we will never truly fully understand. But the gift isn’t one that is just for us.


Do you remember the parable of the servants who were given the talents when their master went away? How the one multiplied his gifts to so many more, the other multiplied some, and the other buried his gift? When the master came back, the ones who used their talents were rewarded greatly and praised for their efforts; but the man who covered up his gift, held back for himself, had a much different fate.


While this parable is referring specifically to our gifts, could it also refer to the greatest gift we have been given?


Think about it. Our “Master” has gone away, but left us with the gift to share – but then we don’t always share it.


And don’t get me wrong – I’m in the same boat. I struggle with this as well. Lately the Lord has really been speaking to me about this very thing – if I have been given such an amazing gift and loved by the King of the Universe, shouldn’t I want to share it?


  1. “Show me the gravity of eternity.”
Fear is very real. Read through stories of martyrs and you will see that there is a cost for sharing our faith. We might be rejected, hurt, or even need to give our lives for Christ. It is totally normal to be afraid; all of us have fears and struggles to face when it comes to sharing our faith, but in the light of eternity…


Hell is a scary place. Darkness, torment, pain, distress. Separation from the Lord forever. The worst on earth can never compare to its devastation.


In comparison, Heaven is more glorious than we can ever imagine! We think of streets paved in gold and how glorious that will be, but that is just the pavement! To see our Savior face to face, no more tears or sorrow, no more pain, no more night, will be the greatest joy!


But when we see loved ones around us headed to torment forever, if we realize the gravity of separation from the Lord, we will want to share with those around us. We don’t want to see them suffer for eternity! We will set aside our fear and be bold to share.


I think all of us have things to learn when it comes to sharing our faith. I know I definitely still have a lot to learn! But if we continue to seek the Lord, He will enable us to share the greatest gift of all with the world.

Bio: Hannah Grace is a young writer who loves spending time with her Lord and Savior, hanging out with family and friends, playing and teaching piano, and working on her novel. She also writes for Th!nk Magazine and her blog, growinginhisgraceblog.weebly.com.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing post! Great job, Hannah! I struggle at sharing the gospel too. I need to be more bold.

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