A year and half ago my wife and I were discussing moving our family from the suburbs of Farmington Hills into the city of Detroit. We even talked with friends about moving as well. We were enthralled with the idea of pouring into people’s lives in the “City.” I had this vision of ministry at HPBC coupled with ministry out of our house in the city of Detroit. We were both excited about this and started to pursue this endeavor in prayer.
After spending months of prayer over this, God abruptly changed my point of view and gave me a spiritual kick in the pants. Here we were a young family ready to do anything for the Lord and move…. yet God just began to break my heart over the lostness of the neighborhood I was already living in. We had formed some great relationships with the 6-7 families around us. We have poured into them, showed them Jesus, and loved on them.
God renewed my calling to people! Not to a place, not to a particular social stratosphere, not to something “new” and possibly dangerous, but to PEOPLE! We had built into the lives of some very lost families. They trust us completely and confide in us. They know we are genuine, even mentioning to us they have never experienced a “Christian” family like us. I even had one of my neighbors say, “I have a great wife, great kids, plenty of money in the bank, and yet I don’t have happiness….. I want what you and your family have.” And here I was ready to walk away from these relationships for something new, something that was kind of the cool thing to do at my age. God really changed my heart.
Let me remind all of us, Jesus Christ came to die for everyone (1 John 2:2). Yes, everyone, the poor, the oppressed, the middle class, and the rich. They ALL need Jesus. No matter where you might be located, remember God has you there for a reason…. Ministry! Tell others about Jesus and live out the Gospel in front of them. Win them to Christ or at the least show them Jesus in your life.
Take your calling as a child of God seriously. Love on those around you and make Jesus known. If you have not developed relationships with the people around you, I challenge you to do that. Your opportunity to shine Jesus light is great. People want to be friends with authentic, trustworthy people. Be that person to your neighbors. Show them Jesus!
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* There is another important scriptural truth to this story that I will write about in my next blog.