Pastor Michael

April 25, 2018

Yesterday the members of one of the men's discipleship huddles that I'm a part of at Journey served supper at the Rescue Mission.  Last year our huddle spent a Saturday helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity.  All of our Journey groups and huddles are encouraged to participate in at least one service project each year.  Anyone who is growing in discipleship will find a way to serve as they follow the example of Jesus who came to serve.


I have a special affinity for the people who stay at the Rescue Mission, because as you may know, I lived in the Rescue Mission when I moved to Roanoke to start Journey Church as I was without a home here at that time.  Yesterday as I was serving salad to the over 200 men and women and children who came through the serving line, I tried to picture the face of Jesus on each of them, believing that when we serve people in need, we serve Jesus.  He said:  "And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'"  (Matthew 25:40)


As each person passed, I would address them as "Sir" or Ma'am."  I did this as a sign of respect for the personhood and dignity of each of them.  Often people who are homeless are "invisible" and not acknowledged.  I thought it was important in a simple way to try and affirm their value and worth.  I tried to carefully watch how they responded.  Some people seemed to just take it in stride, but there were some people who seemed to appreciate it and perhaps even to wonder if it could be true.


I want to urge all of us this week to reach out to someone who might be questioning their value or worth, and be Jesus to them, show the love of God to them, affirm them.  Would you do that?

On the journey with you,

Pastor Michael