Wednesday, May 13, 2009
You have seen them, on the streets. You have seen them asking you for change in front of your favorite store, you've seen them in police cars or behind bars, you've seen them in nursing homes and adoption agencies. They are the marginalized, they are the forgotten and left out, they are the others whom mainstream society does not want to talk about or deal with. They are the imprisoned, homeless, the elderly, the poverty stricken, the parent less.
In our text today taken from Acts 10:34-43 we see Peter preaching to the Gentiles about God's inviting love for all. For all! 34 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’
Just like Peter came to realize that God's love is for all and that as followers of Christ we are called to reach out to all of Gods people inviting them to experience the love of God! You and I must reach out to those so called others, the ones society has forgotten and remind that God has not forgotten about them and that God loves and invites them into a relationship.
Friends today lets reach out to someone whom our culture has turned there back on. Reach out through service, prayer, kind words, monetary support, tough and hugs. no matter how you reach out, just reach out we must.
Until next time Be Well,
Love Pastor J.