4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2)
Something has shifted here in my life. There is still an I, there always will be an I or Me, but now, suddenly the Us has become more prominent. I am amazed at how God shifts our focus from self-centeredness to Christ-centeredness in this transformation process. I am suddenly aware of the Homeless one on the street, and my heart is pricked and torn when I see him, and I want to help. This happened this past Sunday on my way to church. Now my church is not in the inner-city, where you would expect to see a homeless person. No, my church is in a rather prominent neighborhood, 20 minutes from my house in the Boons. But times are tough, and we now have homeless people standing in the median strip that runs up the middle of the road, between opposing traffic, at the traffic light. I was rushing to church to teach a class and my husband was showing up to lead worship. We had no money, just $3. I had forgotten to put any of the bags of food, water, gloves, etc., that our Small Group had just made for this very purpose, into my car. I had nothing to give. Yet I felt so compelled to try to help. I prayed he would still be there at the end of service. I had forgotten about him in the rush of everything that morning, but God had not. He was still there, and I still only had my $3. But I rolled down the window and beckoned him to come over. He thanked me and proceeded to share with me.
He shared only for the minute or so that the light was Red, but in that minute, I found out that he had been in prison 30 times, for Crack, drunkenness, etc. He told me that God had showed him who he really was in Christ’s eyes, and that he now was free and that this is why he sat here. He desired to tell others of God’s love. He handed me a paper, thanked me again for my meager $3, and I drove away. I looked at my husband and said, “Hebrews 13, Baby, Be careful to show hospitality to strangers, for some have entertained angels unawares.” It didn’t matter that I only had $3, that I’d forgotten the Homeless Bags. It only mattered that I reached out with what little I had. You know what? My “I” became a “We.” He turned out to be my brother in Christ. God shifts our focus from I, Me; to His broader view of We, Us. Just like in the passage of Scripture shared here.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2)
So reach out to all of those around you with the Love of Christ, and with what little you have. God will do marvelous things with the simplest act of love and kindness