You Must Respond
Yesterday I didn't respond like someone who followed Jesus. Yesterday, I responded in fear, timidity, and selfishness.
I made a quick trip to the grocery store yesterday afternoon and saw a man talking to a woman holding a sign. Not wanting to stare, I only caught the part that said, "Single Mom."
I thought to myself, I hope he's finding a way to meet her need and telling her about Jesus.
As I got started on the few things I needed to pick up I couldn't stop thinking about what I would do if she was still out there. What should I do?
My thoughts ranged from everything form buying her some things while I was inside, to wondering if maybe this wasn't as innocent as it seemed. Maybe there was someone watching her, manipulating her to get people like me to buy her groceries, walk back to the car, and then they would take us both.
The enemy had done an incredible job making my fear seem bigger than my faith.
When I came back out, she was still there, the man was gone, and she had one bag of groceries.
And I kept walking.
I smiled shamefully as most of us do when we see someone begging on a street corner, avoided eye contact, and made my way to my car.
How could I have not done something!?
How could I, the girl with the Bible verse printed on her t-shirt, still fail to respond how the Bible calls us to respond?
Frustrated, I loaded my groceries quickly as if to keep people from seeing how horrible I was and began to drive away.
But just before I left the parking lot, I turned around.
If she is still there, I will go talk to her, I thought.
She was still there.
I pulled around and parked. Racking my brain on what I would say, I watched her a little longer. Finally, I opened my door and stepped out.
But as I did, she began walking away.
Do I approach her in the street?? Crap. Why did I wait so long?
I watched her from a distance walk back to her car. She looked broken and defeated. How would one bag feed her family?
And I didn't Do A Single Thing.
I failed to respond.
I let the enemy's lies speak louder than the truth I know in my heart.
And maybe I'm the only one this has happened to, but I bet I am one of many. And I think we have to address it.
We have to face it. We have to repent and die to the fears we have let the enemy grow inside of our hearts.
Because when we fail to respond, the church might as well be dead.
When we continue to live our own little comfortable lives and fail to step out in faith and love and truth - to our neighbor down the street, to the stranger on the corner, or to the single mom in Haiti - we have failed as a church.
Friends, in the world we live in today, there is a very good chance that the only Jesus people will ever get to hear about or see, is in us.
The only Jesus and The only Bible most people will ever see is in the way we live our lives.
How will we respond, friends?
I pray we will stop responding in fear, and start stepping out in faith.