Loving the Forgotten

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““When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 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.’” Mt. 25:31-40

The Lord has given me an enormous love for the forgotten. Perhaps it’s because I have so often felt forgotten in my life. Overlooked. Disregarded. Passed over. Rejected. Not cared for. Not cared about. Bypassed for something better, for someone better, for anything, for anyone. Left on my own. A lower priority. The lowest priority. No priority at all. Abandoned. Or maybe it’s because the Lord has given me His heart. His love. His sensitivity, care, compassion, kindness, mercy, grace, His not forgetting about those who are forgotten. Maybe it’s both. Because He’s given me His heart, and because of my own story. The reason doesn’t so much matter, does it? What matters is this.

We are living in a world filled to the brim with people who are being forgotten. Daily. Hourly. Moment by moment. I see them all the time in my streets ministry work. The homeless. The hungry. Hurting. Addicted. Abused. Lost. Abandoned. Rejected. Depressed. War veterans. The disabled. The dying. The filthy, smelly, ugly. The unsuccessful. The poor. The mean. The ones who can’t talk, or don’t make much sense when they do. The rich who are broken. The anxious. Those with post traumatic stress disorder. The blind. The sick. The confused. The mentally challenged. And on and on.

Oh, how I love them all. And how I long for them to no longer be forgotten. For the world to stop running right by them, trampling over them, pretending they’re not there, or laughing at them, bad-mouthing them, giving them a cold shoulder, maybe tossing a penny at them to feel better about themselves, and off they go. I long for them all to be loved, to know Christ’s love, to give their lives to Christ, to repent from their sins like we all need to do and believe Christ died for them and was raised from the dead, to follow Him forever, to know not just Christ’s love, but the love of humans, too. But as much as I am thankful for every time the Lord leads me to someone who is forgotten, I can’t reach them all with His love, with His Gospel message, with encouragement and the message of forever hope in Christ. Nor was I meant to.

Friend, if you haven’t already, will you join me? We need to stop forgetting the forgotten. We need to humble ourselves and go to the people God sends us to with the Gospel message, with Christ’s love, with help and support and hugs and smiles and mercy and anything else the Lord wants us to give to those so in need of Him.

Will you open your heart, will you open your eyes and ears, will you seek the Lord, will you be open to His Spirit’s leading, will you deny yourself, will you die to self, will you become willing to be uncomfortable, and to sacrifice time, and anything else the Lord leads you to give up, so you can start reaching out with Christ’s love to those so often forgotten? To those so often neglected by this world?

Oh, the joy of loving and serving Christ! Oh, the joy of loving the struggling, the hurting, the broken, the forgotten, etc., in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, with His love filling us and overflowing from us!

Please don’t miss your opportunities. Please love the forgotten. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!

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