Ancient Words for a new day. Word #2

February 6, 2009 at 9:55 pm 1 comment

Sayre, Oklahoma

Might be the last post from this location for a while.  We are heading west on Monday and will surely post along the way as well as when we are settled into our Arizona “home”.  I will miss our friends here in Oklahoma and probably even miss Oklahoma, but we are looking forward to a new adventure in following the Spirit and ministering to those He brings us.  While there are some ups and downs in this life, as there is in any life, we are still enjoying the freedom we have to do what we are called to do.  We will return to Western Oklahoma the middle of April.

Here is another Word from Hebrews 13.  Read the previous post for a little background.

Don’t forget about those in prison.  Suffer with them as though you were there yourself.  Share the sorrow of those who are being mistreated as though you feel their pain in your own bodies. (13:3)  I don’t think this is a reference to the general prison population of the day, nor all those who were suffering mistreatment, though as followers of Jesus we need to care about those in prison and those mistreated, wherever we find them.

I think this is a reference to those who are suffering these things, for their faith.  Google or Yahoo! persecuted Christians and you will have a wealth of info in front of you, if you sense this Word is for you.  I could link a bunch for you, but if you are called to care in this way, you will find what you need.

But here is the Word as it came to the 7 of us the other morning.  These three exhortations point us to embrace other peoples painSuffer with… as though you were there yourself.  Share the sorrow..feel their pain in your own body…  If we are to really, I mean really make a difference in this world, during these days of declining everything, we are going to have to get involved at a level most of the church has never invested.  Most of us give well, some even sacrificially and we need to keep doing that as we are led, but this Word goes deeper.  Can you remember the last time you were moved to tears by the plight of someone else, the last time your heart was broken by someone elses pain? 

A few days ago I wrote a post called Dear Ted and Gayle.  It was an open letter to the Haggard’s, who have been much in the news these last few weeks, even months.  Not long ago they were on top of the evangelical world, with fame, “fortune” and everything going their way, but it all came crashing down when Ted’s dark side was revealed to the world.  Did we care?  Did we take some sort of pleasure from someone getting busted for behavior that repulsed us?  How could a pastor do that!?  Were we glad he got what he did, or did we suffer with them…share their sorrow…feel their pain? 

I know that is an extreme case but sometimes we have to see things in the extreme before we can apply them to our own little sphere of influence.  This Word is here to tell us that when we enter into peoples lives at a level that evokes emotion and touch we make a world of difference. 

This new day begs for a new kind of investment-ourselves.  Who needs you to suffer with them, share their sorrow or feel their pain? Yes, some of you can give money to those in desperate need.  If you can, do it, generously, sacrificially, but please don’t do it at the expense of this Word. 

Meditate on these Words. Suffer with them, share their sorrow, feel their pain.  It will change our lives, for the better.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Royal  |  February 7, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Very true, very true.

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