It is obvious you aren’t from here, why are you here?
I was asked this question this week, actually more than once, and really wasn’t surprised. The person asking the question was correct. I wasn’t from there.
Instead of asking why I was there, the more appropriate question might have been, “Why do you care?”
Why do I care about a town that I have never lived in, have no connection to, and that in many ways, seems to be beyond hope? Why do I care about a person who has no reason to trust me, to know that my intentions are honorable? Why did I go there?
The simple answer is a question that I ask myself, “Where would Jesus go?”
Why do we care?
This week, the week leading up to Resurrection Sunday, it seemed fitting to go where Jesus would go. We didn’t go alone! We had God, and we had his messengers with us.
God Rocks was so fortunate this week to help bring Bobby Hayden Jr. and Lexi Laconi to Northwest Indiana. Bobby and Lexi are the powerhouse couple leading Cardboard Box Ministries, out of Indianapolis. Bobby and Lexi use the gifts that God has blessed them with, to instill hope in others, to introduce Jesus into the lives of people that society sometimes overlooks.
Why do they care? Because Jesus first loved them. Why do we care? Because Jesus first loved us.
Where did we go?
We went to places that needed to hear the word of God, to feel the love of God. We went to a correctional facility and a radio station to spread our message. We went to a drug treatment center and finally to Gary, Indiana.
We went where Jesus sent us. We went to the shelters and the streets, inviting everyone to come for fellowship and food.
On Good Friday, the day of God’s ultimate sacrifice, His Son, so that we may have eternal life, we fed those in need. We fed their stomachs and we fed their souls!
This is why we are here
On Friday, four people gave their lives to the Lord! In the town that appears forgotten, we went, because that is where Jesus would have gone. It was a Good, Good Friday!
In the end, the actual number of people who came could have been a disappointment. It wasn’t. We had prayed for more, but in actuality served about 60 meals.
Not a disappointment because the people were there that God sent. And God? He was there too! He showed up big time! People were fed and loved on! Prayed for and saved! What more can you ask for?
Have you ever gone where others wouldn’t go? Those people you pass on the streets, the homeless, the junkies. Do you look the other way and pretend you didn’t see them?
We aren’t naive. We know that the streets hold good and bad people. Guess what? Your neighborhood and your workplace has good and bad people. God gives us discernment, the ability to judge well. We used that discernment this week.
We owe special thanks to the following organizations for helping make this week a success: Our Community Inc., Positive Impact of Lake County, City Point Church Portage, Express Employment Professionals, WLTH Radio Gary and all the other businesses and individuals who helped serve and support these events in any manner. So blessed that God lead you to help with this outreach!
I believe several lives were changed by the places we went and the things we did this week. Can you say the same? If we made a difference in just one life, then our time and effort was well spent.
Now it is my turn to ask you, “Why are you here? Where will you go?
Have a blessed week,