“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” Acts 10:34
“For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:13-14
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32
The first time I walked by her one morning in the park, she was doubled over as she sat on a park bench, her upper body limp as it rested on her lap, everything facing down, her rolling cart of all she probably owned in the world next to her. She looked like she might have been dead, and I stopped long enough to make sure she was breathing. Then I walked on. I had seen her before, many times in fact, but this particular day she seemed especially bad off. The next time I passed by as I walked with my dogs, I tried to talk to her. She murmured something or other, but that was all.
I talked to her about the Lord Jesus Christ, tried to find out where she stood with Him, explained how we need to not just believe in Him, but actually turn from a lifestyle of sin. I didn’t feel led to talk for long, but before I left felt compelled to pray for her aloud whether or not she could hear and understand, and to tell the devil and his foul demons to get out of her and away from her and never come back in Jesus’ name. Then off I walked.
Not long afterward, I ran into someone I knew whom I figured probably knew about her because he was often in the park like she was. His answer was simple and matter of fact when I asked about her.
“Oh, she’s a crackhead,” he said, as though her label said everything. As though she didn’t matter. As though she were a nothing. As though she didn’t deserve time, care, attention, love, anything. She had her category, after all. Drug addict. Druggie. Too far gone. Right? WRONG!
God created her. Like He created me and you. Jesus Christ who is Lord died on the cross to pay the sin penalty for every human’s sins and was raised from the dead so ALL who turn from their sins and believe in Him as Lord, truly devoting their lives to Him, living for Christ and according to God’s ways, truly turning to God and following after Jesus, are forgiven and given an everlasting relationship with God instead of eternity in hell and the lake of fire.
God wants her saved just as much as anyone else. He wants her to repent just as much as anyone. Furthermore, God almighty is exactly whom the woman needs. Just like we all do. She needs Jesus. Just like we all do. And no matter how IMPOSSIBLE it seems someone as far gone as she seems to be can be redeemed, can be set free by God, can be saved by Him, can be given new life in Christ, it’s POSSIBLE with GOD. The very one I prayed to for her is the very one needed to rescue her from dire straits on earth and from everlasting torment in hell and the lake of fire.
Sometimes we find ourselves giving up on people, looking at their circumstances, their behavior, their situations, and determining for ourselves that they are beyond rescue, beyond redemption, beyond their lives being turned around. Truth is they may well be beyond any human rescue, any human redemption, any human ability to turn their lives around, but God can do anything. Should we not love them, should we not help them, should we not encourage them, she would not point them to the Lord Jesus Christ, should we not share the Gospel with them, should we not give them a Bible, should we not pray for them, should we not do anything God leads us to do in His name for His glory?
Who are we to label people as just a crackhead, as just a man on death row, as just a prostitute, as just a beggar, as just a homeless person, as just an alcoholic, as just a man addicted to porn, as just a woman stuck in adultery, as just a loser, as just a disabled person, as just a sinner? WE ARE ALL SINNERS IN NEED OF THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WHO IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. And we all have a responsibility to not only turn from our sins and to turn to Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives, but to spread the glorious message of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ to ANYONE and to EVERYONE the Lord leads us to share with – and to pray for them and love and help them as the Spirit of God so leads us. For the glory of the Lord, AMEN!