“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly and despised things of the world, and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
Drugs and mental illness are a very real and unpredictable part of the lifestyle of many of the poor and homeless, but we have also found the jewels of God among them. For the last three weeks we have been using a church location in the heart of downtown Langley to minister to the marginalized. The more time we spend with these folks, the greater insight we get into their world.
It’s very humbling as you listen to their hearts, the gratefulness they express for the services that we and others offer, and to God Himself. Their ability to find things to be thankful for in the midst of their tragedies demonstrates how simple life can really be. God is ever so gently ministering to them where they are at, and meeting them in a way that creates awe and grateful hearts toward Him. I have learned to listen to them as they share golden nuggets that the Lord has given to them, and I am enriched by it.
Many of the marginalized (including the homeless) of our inner-city are members of the Body of Christ. They need to be acknowledged, loved by the rest of the body, discipled, and included. They too are an important part of what God is doing in our city.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matt. 25:40