So here I am sitting in an internet cafe that is just around the corner from my place for the summer. Last week was more of an eyeopener than anything else, being awoken and able to see certain prejudices and down casting thoughts upon the homeless of this city. (you can assume the homeless period.) That is really the first lesson... getting past those stigmas. The next is recognizing that my job this summer is not a job. It is a ministry. One of my 'duties' is to interact with the homeless and get to know them better, their needs, etc. All done in order to better understand how to preach the gospel to them. That's lesson number two. God demands that we glorify His name through ministering to one another- especially the down trodden and rejected of this world. If you need proof of that, look at Christ's example and how he interacted with tax collectors, prostitutes, and so on.
At the end of this month I am supposed to preach in the chapel ministry.. which is a very daunting task. I am very thankful for Dr. Duguid's guidance as I approach that date.
But as I part.. a thought to warm your hearts.
It is a great privilege to hear the gospel. You may smile and think there is nothing very great in it. The damned in hell know. Oh, what would they give if they could hear the gospel now? If they could come back and entertain but the shadow of a hope that they might escape from the wrath to come? The saved in heaven estimate this privilege at a high rate, for, having obtained salvation through the preaching of this gospel, they can never cease to bless their God for calling them by his word of truth. O that you knew it! On your dying beds the listening to a gospel sermon will seem another thing than it seems now.” (C.H. Spurgeon)
[HT] the Irish Calvinist