Fresh Hope – 3rd November 2017

I was so moved by a testimony a friend of mine shared over the weekend. He was filling up his car with petrol on his way to church on Sunday. As he went to pay at the counter and elderly lady with a walking frame approached him asking for 50 cents towards a bus ticket. “Of course!” he said and asked where she needed to be. She mentioned her destination and my friend kindly offered to drive her there. So he packed up her walking frame, helped her into her car and began the journey. He was going to be late for church, but this was no doubt a God-ordained appointment. As they sat in the car together he began asking this woman about her life. He quickly learnt that she was not only poor in money, but in love. After listening for a while he said quite directly, “you need God!” They reached the destination and this woman, who he had only just met minutes earlier, accepted Jesus with tears rolling down her checks. He then left her with far more than 50 cents cash and an invitation to church the following week.

There is so much about this story that I love. I love that it was in the ordinary and mundane events of my friend’s day, that God used him. I love that he was willing to put aside his schedule for God’s agenda. I love that Jesus was shown in his act of service, listening ear and generous hand. I love that this woman is forever changed because someone stepped out to love. I am challenged by this story too. I am reminded to not get so caught up in the structures and routines of my life, that I miss the whole point – which is to LOVE.

There are three different versions of the same story of Jesus healing the blind man – Matthew 20:32, Mark 10:51 and Luke 18:41. Jesus had crowds following him, and the blind beggar was shouting for his attention. People shunned the beggar. Despite the three varying accounts of this encounter, there are two things that remain the same in all three accounts. It is noted that “Jesus stopped” and that Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?”. I believe that these details are mentioned by each of the authors, because it matters that Jesus stopped. He stopped His agenda and He stopped for the one to help and the blind man was healed.

There are many other stories of Jesus stopping for the one. The world today promotes the crowds, chases the thousands of followers, listeners and friends, but let’s just take a minute to stop, and ask, “What can we do to help?”

Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Emma Montesi

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