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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Spirit Of Kindness

Spirit Of Kindness By Kirk Hunt

To Godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:7–8 NKJV
Read also 2 Peter 1:5–9

 

Kindness can be defined as the act of being friendly, generous, and considerate.  Not just one or two of those adjectives.  Real kindness requires all three. The spirit of kindness is a component of your knowledge of Jesus.  The Holy Spirit will help you, but you must also make your own effort.

 

Kindness cannot come from a place of weakness or ignorance.  Kindness comes from a heart that knows and understands Jesus and is powered by the Holy Spirit.  Perhaps that is why so many men and women do not understand how to be kind; they do not know Jesus.

 

God showed kindness to all of mankind by sending Jesus to the Cross.  Jesus showed kindness to you by sacrificing Himself for you.  Follow their example and show kindness to the souls around you.  Even to those who are currently your enemies.

 

Your profession of Jesus is not enough.  Men and women, boys and girls, will see and react to your acts of kindness.  No human heart can forever resist sincere kindness.

 

Jesus knew the real you and died for you anyway; so you have an example.  The Holy Spirit stands by to assist you.  Who will you be friendly, generous, and considerate to today?

 

Think:        Kindness is the act of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Pray:           “Lord, help me to show kindness in Your Name.”

 

Copyright © October 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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Keilah’s Champions

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Keilah’s Champions by Kirk Hunt

 

So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:5 KJV

 

The Keilah militia was no match for first-line Philistine troops.  At best, the men and women of Keilah would starve that winter.  It was possible that the Philistines might not let anyone survive to be hungry.

 

David went to God.  “Should I go save strangers?”  Twice, the answer came back: “Yes.”

 

The marauders were mauled.  David’s and his men out maneuvered, then out fought the raiders.  The champions of Keilah saved the day.  Only after did the helpers meet the helped.

 

As God’s man or woman, you are called to service in His Kingdom.  Often, that will involve providing help and healing to folks you have never seen before.  Service is at its most refined when given to pure strangers.

 

There is a modern-day Keilah crying out for you.  The need is matter of life-and-death, even if military maneuvers are not needed.  They need the light and life from Jesus that you carry.  Nothing else will save those souls.

 

You may not be one of them, still you are their champion.  You carry His power, healing and help within you.  You’ll have to get close and personal for them to receive it.

 

You have what they need.  Get out there and be a champion.  There will be time to learn names afterward.

 

Think:            In God’s service you might be a champion to complete strangers.

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to become the champion someone else needs.”

 

 

Copyright © May 2013, Kirk Hunt

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