God says, “REBUILD THE ROAD! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity!”
The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I RESTORE THE THE CRUSHED SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE AND REVIVE THE COURAGE OF THOSE WITH REPENTANT HEARTS.”
I hope you get out of this what I got. It says, “Clear away the rocks and stones”… To me that says help get rid of barriers that prevent someone from being free from their bondage/addiction. Did you get that?
Also, do you get that Jesus dwells in the presence of those who’s spirits are crushed and humbled? And that it is a high and holy place! Who ever thought that being with the broken, homeless, addicted, and humbled person could bring the presence of God? Do they have a lot of work ahead of them? Yes! Of course they do. They also have MANY barriers to overcome and it’s up to us stronger, more grounded Christ followers to help remove them.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
(are you doing your part?)
There’s a song that Casting Crowns sings called, “We Are the Body” that really speaks to me. I have often wondered why more Christians are not better at reaching out. Especially when there are homeless people out holding signs asking for help. I know from personal experience that there are many homeless people with some kind of addiction. But who are we to tell them how to spend the money that we may give them? If God told me to give a homeless person $5 or even just $1, is it my place to say, “but God… he may buy a beer.” It’s not our business how they spend that money. It’s not the money that you are really giving… it’s the love of Jesus you are showing. Besides that… there are other things you can give besides money. Give a gift card for a fast food place… or carry little packs of cheese and crackers… I know in the wetter regions that socks are always received with great joy.
Here are the lyrics to the song. You can hear it on Youtube by searching for Casting Crowns.
“If We Are The Body”
It’s crowded in worship today
As she slips in trying to fade into the faces
The girl’s teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know
Farther than they know
But if we are the body
Why aren’t His arms reaching?
Why aren’t His hands healing?
Why aren’t His words teaching?
And if we are the body
Why aren’t His feet going?
Why is His love not showing them there is a way?
There is a way
A traveler is far away from home
He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row
The weight of their judgemental glances
Tells him that his chances are better out on the road
Jesus payed much too high a price
For us to pick and choose who should come
And we are the body of Christ