Saturday, December 22, 2018

Which bread are you handing out?

A friend joined me for the December 21 training and sharing.

The second group we talked to was a couple that had just lost a family member. They really appreciated the prayer. They listened to the Gospel and acknowledged they were broken and without Jesus. While they were not ready to turn and believe, they did seem open to meeting in the future to learn more about Jesus. 

I'm so glad God set us up to meet them, pray for them, and share the Gospel with them. I'm praying they are comforted by Jesus during this difficult time and that we can cross paths again with them to point them to Jesus.  But let me rant a little bit about something:

This couple bounces to all of the free meals in town. They talked us through every church they hit up for free meals and food pantries (at least half a dozen through a given month.) 

Despite all of these visits, they had never heard the Gospel before. Never. In fact, they said that they rarely have anyone even engage them in a conversation.

The day before we met them they had been at a meal provided by a church. They were hurting and open to conversation just like when we met them, but all they got was food.

Jesus modeled caring for people by bringing the Good News with physical help:
Matthew 4:23 "Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Luke 10:9 "Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'

Taking care of a physical need should be our excuse to share the Gospel, not the end in itself. 

Why are we giving people bread without sharing Jesus, the bread of life (John 6:48-51)? 


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