This is our home and its “mission statement”!
Last week our hearts were stirred by the image of Aylan washed up on the shore. A little boy whose daddy put him, his brother, and his mother on a boat to deliver them to a new home. They just wanted to go home. To safety. To security. HOME.
We would have to live under a rock to not know the global refugee situation – tv, radio, social media are all covering the plight and peril of thousands of people being displaced and relocated. We are aware of the countries willing to receive them and the ones unwilling. We’ve seen the photo images of regular folks standing in front of their homes bearing signs, “Refugees welcome here.”
Today, I am thinking a lot about home.
I do not take our blessings lightly or for granted – EVER. I want to be generous and willing to make a sacrifice to help others. To give something up in order to help – and with all humility realize one day this could be me.
The Word of God is clear regarding the treatment of displaced people…
In Isaiah 16, the Edomites entreat Judah’s help in accepting her refugees. Judah is sympathetic and receives the refugees and although God judged Moab, His mercy saved a remnant of Moabites. Listen to their pleading…
Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day; hide the outcasts (refugees), do not betray him who escapes. Let My outcasts (refugees) dwell with you, O Moab; be a shelter to them from the face of the spoiler (devastator)…Isaiah 16.3-4 (NKJV)
How can I be a shelter? Do I open our home? Do I give? What can I do?
These are questions we all should ask ourselves. YET, there is one thing we can all do, isn’t there?
We can P R A Y.
We would be amiss if we did not.
One last word on this situation. Wikipedia defines refugee as: A refugee is a person who is outside their home country…
When I read that, I immediately instant messaged my co-worker and said, “As a Christ-follower, I am a refugee. I am outside my Home Country.” He wrote right back and said, “Glory!”
I want to leave you with Paul’s words from the New Testament:
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5.1-10
How will you shelter?
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