Evangelize The Strangers And Foreigners

Evangelize The Strangers And Foreigners By Kirk Hunt

When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?   Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’   And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:38-40 NKJV

The word stranger in Scripture almost always translates as foreigner (xenos).   God’s people are commanded in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, to treat foreigners with generosity, justice and grace.  In this current season, foreigners fleeing war, persecution and enslavement are greeted as villains, not victims.

After killing an Egyptian, Moses fled to Midian.  Would you have turned Moses the fugitive away as a threat to national security?

David fled from his father-in-law Saul to Moab and later Philistia.  Would you have kept David the persecuted out of the country as a risk to law and order?

Joseph, Mary and Jesus fled from Herod to Egypt.  Would you have denied the Holy Family admittance as an economic drain on the country?

The refugees and evacuees are fleeing death and destruction.  Where are they going?  To the very Christian nations who should be busy evangelizing them. 

Who could be more open to the Gospel of Christ than someone desperate to enter a Christian nation?  They may be strangers to you, but they are well known to Father-God.  Should you not make an effort to minister to the “least of these?”

Think:       God help me to remember that refugees and foreigners are open to Your Gospel.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to minister to Yours sons and daughters from another land.”

 

Copyright © November 2018, Kirk Hunt

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Foreigners Defended

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Foreigners Defended by Kirk Hunt

 

If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?”

Acts 11:17 NKJV

 

Peter stood before the leadership at Jerusalem and explained himself.  He had to mount a significant defense for his actions in Joppa.  Effectively, these men wanted to know who authorized the Holy Spirit to empower Gentiles.

 

Too little age, credentials or background are reasons to reject you.  Too much age, credentials or background are also reasons to reject you.   To the self-appointed correct people, there is always a reason to reject you.  Somebody, somewhere, thinks you should not be allowed.

 

Peter’s vision and direct Word from God would probably not satisfy the “old school” sitting around the table.  Thankfully, Peter did not have to rely on clear-headed reasoning alone.  The Holy Spirit chose these Gentiles and manifested Himself, the same way He did in the Upper Room.

 

Thankfully, God does not ask the “correct” people whether you should be empowered.  The Holy Spirit gives access to those who seek Him in sincerity and truth.  His power, active in your life, is its own defense for why you have access to Him.

 

If God gives you His power, He will also defend your access to Him.  Accept your calling, purpose and power through the Holy Spirit.  Let God defend you against the naysayers.

 

Think:            God defends His people, even when they are foreigners.

 

Pray:              “Lord, thank You for defending my access to You.

 

 

Copyright © July 2013, Kirk Hunt

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Foreigners Empowered

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Foreigners Empowered by Kirk Hunt

 

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 10:44 NKJV

 

Except for the foreigners, Peter had lived through this scene before.  The sound was the same.  The reactions were the same.  For the first time in Scripture, the Holy Spirit inhabited Gentiles believers.

 

Cornelius and the other Gentiles believers sought God with sincerity and devotion.   Heaven heard and responded.  The Holy Spirit took up residence in men and women who sought God with their whole heart.

 

They were goyim.  Per the Jewish laws, these men and women were not worthy to receive empowerment from God.  Still, there they were, full of the Holy Spirit.

 

God did not check the credentials, papers or passports of these believers.  He did not ask about their parents or seek recommendations.  God stepped close and used His omniscience to examine their hearts and souls.  The rush of power followed immediately after.

 

God chooses whom He will empower.  He is far less concerned about your history than your future.  Your pedigree will not come up, but the sincerity of your heart certainly will.

 

Do you want to be empowered?  Seek Him, with your whole heart, mind and spirit.  You are not so foreign that you cannot not be accepted and empowered.

 

Think:            God’s empowers foreigners, just like me.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to seek your power and grace, despite my history and background.

 

 

Copyright © July 2013, Kirk Hunt

This devotional is a ministry of https://devotionals.cadremenpress.com.