This is a quote from a devotional I am reading called “A Gospel Primer” by Milton Vincent.
It so accurately describes how we should feel when we see our friends on the street.
“When I see persons who are materially poor, I instantly feel a kinship with them, for they are
physically what I was spiritually when my heart was closed to Christ. Perhaps some of them are in their condition because of sin, but so was I. Perhaps they are unkind when I try to help them; but I, too, have been spiteful to God when He has sought to help me. Perhaps they are thankless and even abuse the kindness I show them, but how many times have I been thankless and used what God has given me to serve selfish ends?”
Heading out for an evening on the streets with this perspective will help us to be more humble, more compassionate, more merciful, and more loving. Knowing that we have received from our heavenly Father so much more than we deserve and could ever pass on to our friends will spur us on to good works.
I am so thankful that OIM provides opportunities for me to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
~ Sarah, Resource Co-ordinator/Outreach Volunteer