Dec 9th, 2021
Home: The Front Door
By: Michael Mayeaux
1 minute read 

James 2:15-16 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? (NIV)

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness has significantly increased over the past decade. Drive through downtown Lexington one day, and this statement will likely be confirmed to you. It is no secret that people are struggling to make ends meet, and unfortunately, there is a population that ends up on the streets because of it. Jesus made it clear that God delights in caring for those in need, and he urges us to do the same. 

Have you ever walked past a homeless person and failed to acknowledge them? Have you ever seen a brother or sister on the street asking for help and decided to ignore their need? I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of this before. The enemy likes to whisper excuses in our ear, rationalizations for why we shouldn't offer help or pay any attention. In these moments, I often feel a nudge from the Lord to take the time to acknowledge them and pray about how I can meet their needs. While there are many complexities to homelessness and perspectives on how best to approach it, there is always an opportunity to love on and provide for the homeless individuals we come across. Maybe offering to go pick up some food and bring it to them, running to Walmart and getting them a coat, blessing them with a financial gift if you feel led, or guiding them in the direction of local resources that can help.

James knew that faith without works is dead faith, which is exactly what he states in these two verses. This is not to say that we are somehow saved by our works, but if we see a person in need, it is simply not enough to wish them well. We are called to meet their needs and care for them well. In doing so, we represent Jesus and put our faith into action.

Reach out to a ministry or organization that serves the homeless, and see how you can help!

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