Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
These scripture verses speak volumes about the wonderful things that have been going on with our clients. We took the month off from doing street outreach and instead spent time one-on-one with some of our clients. We were blessed with the opportunity to take some of our clients out to dinner, with others that could not or would not leave the streets we would run to the store and buy a bunch of fruit and snacks then go sit with them on a porch or a street corner. What a joy it was to just sit and talk with them for 30 minutes or an hour and just speak about how much they are loved by a savior who gave his life for them.
There are so many things happening on the streets, good things and sad but joyful things. One of our clients died of Cirrhosis and she will be greatly missed but we are rejoicing that she no longer has to suffer but is in the arms of Jesus. She accepted Christ a few months ago and diligently tried to turn her life around. Another of our clients is in treatment and according to the treatment center director he is leading prayer with his housemates, Yeah God! This was such a Holy Spirit led intervention. We normally don’t get to visit with clients during the first 30 days of treatment but the director made an exception and allowed us (Cindy and me) to visit. When we got to the treatment center and the director met us at the door Cindy whispered to me, “I think I know him”. The director let us in and had us wait in a room until he finished his phone call so he could get us signed in. When he finished he walked in the room and said to Cindy, “Don’t I know you?” After a few minutes of conversation they realized that he had worked at DRMM and had processed Cindy’s intake when she entered treatment over 8 years ago. What a small beautiful world we live in.
Next week we start back with our regular street outreach and we are really looking forward to participating, as witnesses, in the work of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that you allow us to share your redemptive love for your children with so many.