Faithlink Discussion: Homes for Homeless
by Jacob Juncker
Helping the homeless and impoverished are, I believe, signs of spiritual maturity. Giving beyond oneself is at the heart of the Gospel message.
Jesus entered Jericho. A small, wretched, unrighteous man, a tax-collector, by the name of Zachaeus was curious to see who this Jesus was; so, he climbed a sycamore tree. As Jesus was walking by, he looked up and said to Zachaeus, “Get down from their, I’m crashing at your place tonight.” All who saw this began to grumble: “how could Jesus enter the house of such a detestable person: a sinner?” Zachaeus came down and
8stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my possessions to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone, I repay them four times as much.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this household because he too is a son of Abraham.10The Human One [the Christ] came to seek and save the lost.”
Luke 19:8-10, Common English Bible
Jesus knew the power of relationship. Healthy relationships can change people’s lives; because, as we get to know others, we begin to empathize with their pain and struggle. Their lives become entwined with ours. Their hurts are our hurts. When they go hungry or without shelter we feel starved and cold. Healthy relationships–with God and neighbor–inspire us to make a difference “with our own two hands.”
As we consider homes for the homeless this week, I would encourage you to think about what it might look like for our church to become a leader in ending homelessness in our county. What would it be like for us to befriend the homeless? What would it be like if we made a difference “with our own two hands?”
Jesus didn’t come to save the righteous. Jesus came to save the lost. I hope we can continue Christ’s mission and seek spiritual maturity by befriending and helping the homeless in this place so that the lost might be found, the hungry fed, and the homeless given a home.
To find out more about what we can do, go to www.endhomelessness.org.
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