Yesterday, a couple in California killed themselves and their five children because they lost their jobs.  Apparently this is the fifth mass death in California in the last year.  When people have nothing to hang onto but their own resources, they find they have nothing to hang onto.

Jesus came to SEEK and save that which was lost.  He sought them by noticing them.  When you read through the gospels, Jesus noticed those who were on the sidelines.  He noticed the widow who’s son had just died.  He noticed Zaccheaus.  He noticed the woman at the well.  He noticed the beggars.

He didn’t leave the people he noticed in their situations.  He gave of himself.  He encouraged them.  To the woman, He gave back her son.  To Zaccheaus, he gave fellowship.  To the woman at the well, He listened, gave validity and honest communication.  To the beggars, he gave healing.

You may feel like you can’t do what Jesus did, but you can pray, and in faith, believe.   This is what Paul said about the power you have in you:

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 1:18-20

Will you join me today in seeking those that are lost?  Will you bring a kind word, a listening ear, a prayer?  This family in California looked very normal… until they didn’t.  Let’s seek those who need to be heard and offer hope.  They are probably sitting right next to you.


One Response to “Encouragers”

  1. Jeanine Says:

    Yes, and sometimes it takes “being at the end of one’s rope” for God to get our attention. This can actually be a helpful process! I agree, we need to watch for those on the “sidelines”, and lend them a helpful hand and words of encouragement. More than that, we need to pray for opportunities to share God’s love with them!

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