“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”-Luke 4:18-19
Shortly after setting up on Mill Avenue Friday Night Jonathan met a young homeless man. After sharing the gospel and praying with him Jonathan left with the man to get him some dinner. Just then(in a quite timely fashion) an upset man sporting an epic Hawaiian shirt ran up to me, demanding some answers!
“Ughhh!! Don’t you Christians ever do anything for the poor? Always out here on the street corners… but when was the last time you helped anyone? Huh? Tell me!” He asked me.
“Oh…well my husband did just leave with a homeless man to get him something to eat,” I told him.
“WHAT? Oh? Really? Woah, okay, I’m not a Christian, but I respect that,” he said with a smile.
His entire demeanor changed as he as he shock my hand and walked off with his buddies.
As humorous and timely as that moment was I was glad to assist at clearing up a bad reputation for Christians. It also served as a great reminder to continually serve and help those in need. Jesus himself, constantly and compassionately served the poor. In fact there are two accounts of Jesus performing a miracle by means of feeding thousands(Found in Mark 6 and Mark 8). We are called to preach the good news of Jesus to the poor and to help those in need. As Christ’s disciples, we must be diligent in honoring that calling, that desire of Christ.
Later in the evening Josh and Mia joined us. Collaboratively, we were able to bring our homeless friend a sleeping bag and more food. We hope to continue in relationship with him and bring him to a bible study this week.
The rest of the evening went well also. We were able to distribute all of the tracks we brought during half time of the ASU game. By the way, don’t worry ASU football fans…next year is our year!!!
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40