Jesus With Skin
Everywhere I look there are people who are going crazy, not sure what to do next, and desperately praying that somebody gives a rip. I do my best to wrap my arms around all of them, let them know God cares, and I pray others are willing to do their part in being God’s answer to prayer.
My friends, I’m afraid the scriptures have never proved truer than in the day and age we live in. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Jesus when he looked out on the crowds his heart broke because he saw to their deepest needs. What about you? What are you doing to reach out to those in your family, your workplace, and your community who need to encounter some “Jesus With Skin”.
It’s a proven fact that most will not enter the church looking for help. They will not be lined up this Sunday or the next Sunday begging your church to open its doors. For this reason, God has called every believer in Christ to be “Jesus With Skin” to those around us. Here are some ways you can do this on a daily basis.
#1 Get Over Yourself.
“Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve.” He did not go around looking to get his needs met, but instead looked to be an answer prayer to others. Too many people I know are full of themselves, only care about their problems, and live with tunnel vision. To call yourself a Christ Follower and yet live incredibly selfish only hurts the kingdom of God.
#2 Look Around You.
All you’ve got to do is open your eyes and you’ll run into more needs than you can meet in a day. No, you can’t be their God, but you can take the time to be that good Samaritan who shows you care. Too many professing Christians walk right past those in need, seemingly carefree as those beside them are dying inside. Lift your head, get over yourself, and look for divine appointments God has prepared in advance.
#3 Listen To Their Heart.
Reaching people is not about us fixing others and getting our message to their ears. Listen to what is really going on inside the person. Where have they been? What have they been through? Why might their heart be so heavy and their anger be so great. There is always a reason behind the madness in someone’s life. Too often we are quick to judge someone who has gone through something we’ve never experienced. People don’t need to just hear you preach, they need to know you care. Seek to understand and earn the right to be understood.
#4 Pray, Pray, Pray.
In my past, I’ve been very guilty of telling people I would pray for them, but I rarely did. I used to see prayer as something I did after every other effort. Now, I realize that prayer is the most I can do for my family, my friends, and even total strangers. Reaching out to people who have complicated hurts and lots of baggage takes a lot of divine intervention. Don’t ever think you can play God, but know that you can always choose to be Jesus.
#5 Love People To Death.
I’m convinced that one of the greatest things missing in today’s Christianity is genuine, unconditional love. Those around us don’t need any more stones thrown their way, people sizing them up, and haters in their life. They do need to experience God’s amazing love for them and that begins with you allowing that love to pour through your veins. You choosing to be “Jesus with skin”.
My friends, I know I sound like just another preacher. But, my heart just breaks as I breathe in the needs around me. The more I look, the more I see. I don’t have to turn on CNN to see desperate people who need someone to reach out, love them like Jesus, and help them get back on their feet again. These kind of people live all around us. God has called us all to share His hope and love with our neighbors. Its time for many of you to get off the bench, open your eyes, look beyond your own needs, and love your neighbor as yourself. I pray everyday for believers everywhere to rise up, get up, and get busy in this world of opportunity. Jesus said, “The Harvest is plentiful and the workers are few.” What are you doing to make a difference and not just talk about the problems in our country?