Thursday, February 11, 2010

What I need....what we need!

I have had several conversations with different guys at the Refuge of Hope and many have told me that they really need someone to walk alongside them and help them in their walk with Christ.  I have been thinking about this lately and quite frankly, this is what I need, it's what we all need if we are trying to learn how to live our lives for Jesus.  If I was homeless, I would need this just as much as I need it now.  The difference is, is that I am blessed to have so many to walk beside me, and many who walk before me so that I can follow. 

What if all the people in my life were gone?  What if I was all by myself?  It doesn't matter how that would have happened, maybe it would be my fault, or maybe I was just left alone.  Could I survive?  I doubt it.  I am sure I could learn how to exist in that, but not survive, and certainly not live.  That is what it seems that many of the guys I have met are doing, they are existing.

Any of us can get caught in this rut, just existing.  If we have someone in our life speaking truth, encouraging us, and pointing us to God's Word, we would be less likely to slip into this.  Here's the challenge: If you have someone in your life that God has put there for the specific purpose of you to pour into them, do it!  If you are in need of someone to pour into your life, speak up and seek that person out, for your own sake!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken."With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:8-18

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