Bugs crawling on food… Lack of clean water…Wild animals seeking shelter inside the house… Unknown sores on bodies… Teeth falling out before the age of 30… Hopelessness… Addiction… Prostitution…
Does that sound like something you’d hear from a missionary in another country? But it’s not somewhere else. These are realities in the lives of the people SEEDnet ministers to here in America. From trailers in the backwoods to projects in the city, poverty is rampant.
These people are the outcasts of society.
How did Jesus interact with the outcasts in His day? Here’s a few summary examples.
John 8- The woman caught in adultery. Jesus went to her. Wrote something in the dirt. The religious guys left. He said to her, “Go and sin no more.”
John 9- The man born blind. Jesus went to him, healed him and stood by him when the religious leaders looked to destroy him.
Luke 8- The man of Gerasenes. Jesus kicked out the demons in this wild man, had a fire side chat and gave him a mission.
Mark 2- The calling of Matthew. Jesus called Matthew to Himself and then ate and drank with Matthew’s outcast friends as a way of introducing Himself to them.
Notice that he did NOT take them to the local synagogue/church and try to assimilate them.
What can we learn from how Jesus interacted with outcasts?
1.) He went to them. Jesus went to them, He didn’t expect all the outcasts to come to Him. We should do likewise.
2.) He spent extended time with outcasts. Jesus didn’t rush out. He lingered in their world. We should do likewise.
3.) He healed them. Jesus touched their pain, sin and oppression giving the outcasts freedom. We should do likewise.
4.) He gave them true life. Jesus invited the outcasts to follow Him. We should do likewise.
5.) He gave them a mission. Jesus empowers the outcasts to point people to Him. We should do likewise.
Countless number of outcasts will not fit in the average church. So, SEEDnet gives them their own church where they can grow and be used of God to change the world!
Pray that we follow Jesus’ example on caring for the outcasts.