Recently, the material involving outreach to those considered “less fortunate” emphasizes a great need in our world. Prayers are often expressed for those “less fortunate than ourselves.” It would help if we define this term.
A recent article discussed a church involved in a transformation in its membership, and the result was due to the prayer of the leadership.
The prayer was one of a simple nature. “Lord, bring us all those that nobody else wants.” Imagine the response when one by one several, that might be classified as “undesirable,” showed up.
If we believe the gospel is for all, then do we work to see that all have opportunity, not just to hear the gospel, but see it in our actions?
The path is not an easy one to walk. However, we are not called to lead only those who are lovable, but those considered unlovable also.
Take a moment to read through the gospels and notice the number of references to the outreach of Jesus. Who are these people? Why did He reach out to them? What was the result?
Are we listening?