You see it's so easy to live in a world where we take things for granted. If you are like me then you have a car and a job and a place to live; and I forgot - food to eat. We have all the "creature" comforts and complain about silly things such as the supermarket being out of our favorite snack, the remote being out of reach or the wifi not loading fast enough just to name a few. However, when we live in a world like this we take things like this for granted. At least we can go to the supermarket in a car to buy food, at least we have a TV and blessed to have a phone with internet to go with it. The people that are homeless don't have anything. In my selfish world I thought to myself, if people weren't so lazy or got hooked on drugs they wouldn't be in that situation. But, the truth be known, who am I to judge them? Sure they may have made mistakes but who hasn't? For one, who am I to judge their situation without knowing anything about them? As I asked the Lord to deal with me on this, this came to my mind:
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" - Romans 3:23
"While we were yet sinners Christ died for us" - Romans 5:8
I started thinking about it and realized it is my fault that I have sinned and I have chosen sin when I was a sinner. As a result, why should God forgive me? I got myself into the situation of sin right? And this is what I realized. Even in my darkest times of being a sinner Jesus came and died on the cross for me when I didn't deserve it. He took the place for me on the cross. And it is by grace that I am saved through faith.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast" - Ephesians 2:8-9
When I realized this a light in my head went off. I realized that by feeding and helping the homeless is showing them grace and mercy just as Christ would. He feed the multitudes with fish and bread. He didn't ask what their situation was. And here is the kicker - if we as Christians don't show the love of Christ to the homeless then who will? We are His hands and feet. To be as Christ we have to be servants and do what Christ DID.
So now I am even more motivated to go out and try to reach the homeless. By not judging them and showing them grace and mercy it is the least that I can do for what Christ did for me - by giving me grace and mercy for the sins I have committed. I don't deserve God's grace and forgiveness and no matter how hard I try I will never be able to repay it with being good. In fact, the Bible says that our righteousness is like filthy rags to Him.
If you haven't ever helped feed the homeless or helped them in anyway I encourage you to do so. It is a blessing to be a blessing to others. I am thankful that God opened my eyes to this and I hope he will open your eyes too.