Sunday, January 29, 2012

Wanted: Despised, Rejected, Down-hearted, Evil People

by Aleta Kay

          You’ve been hurt and emotionally destroyed by people who claimed or were supposed to love you.
          You’ve been rejected by your peers.
          You feel worthless, hopeless, desperate. You see no reason to live.
          You’ve done horrible things.
          You’ve conspired to rob or commit murder
          You’ve abused children or women.
          You’re a homosexual.
          You’re an adulterer.
          You’ve done such horrible things you’ve never told anyone about because you’re ashamed and afraid of rejection.

          You are the person God is looking for. Think you’re too bad to love? Saul (later re-named Paul) went around murdering, torturing, beating, and arresting the Christians of Jesus’s day after His crucifixion. Yet, God called out to him one day while Saul was on his way to arrest more of God’s people. He even thought he was doing the right thing. But when spoke to him and told him he was persecuting God, and therefore, God’s people, Saul repented and became one of the greatest apostles. His name was then changed to Paul and he traveled extensively and started many churches. God changed Saul’s character from authoritative and abusive to godly leadership, compassion, and a love for God’s people.
           Matthew 9:13 says, “…for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” These are the words of Jesus. He was fed up with the false religion being taught by the religious leaders who thought they were the only ones good enough for God. People who think they are good enough will end up in hell because of their own pride. No one is good enough for God. No one ever will be in this life.
          Jesus speaks to us again in Matthew 13:44-46—“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”
          Jesus left the splendor and glory of heaven to come to earth as a human being so he could identify with us and really show us who God is and what kind of God He is. He came to earth looking for his treasure (people who would love Him and follow Him) hidden in the humanity of this world (the field). He left all the riches of heaven to come to earth and purchase us back as His bride, God’s children. We His children, the bride of Christ, are the pearl of great price which He has purchased with His own blood, shed on the cross for our sins.
          I Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
          God (Jesus Christ) did not come to earth to call the righteous to repentance. They already think they are good. He came to call those who know they are worthless, hopeless, no good. He called those who know they are incapable of helping themselves. He came to call the depressed, homeless, down-trodden, outcast, downcast, defeated, dejected, rejected, addicted to pornography, drugs, alcohol, murders, child molesters, wife-beaters, brawlers, pedophiles, homosexuals, adulterers.
          Matthew 11:28, 29 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Again, these words were spoken by Jesus. He’s talking to people in the above categories. If you want rest from your burdens, if you want to do right and just can’t find the strength to do it, call out to Him. Call out to Jesus. He loves you and He wants to help you overcome the horrible things that you are chained to. He can break your chains and set you free. And He has NEVER turned anyone away who seriously wanted His help. But you have to be sincere, and you have to really want to change.
          Jeremiah 33:3 (God’s telephone number) says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” See that? It says if you call He will answer. Not might answer, not if he isn’t too busy. HE WILL ANSWER. Just give Him a chance. Don’t let the devil tell you it’s too late. Don’t let that evil being tell you you’ve been too bad. Just give God a chance. He’s waiting.
          If you aren’t sure how to proceed, if you want help getting to know God, leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you. If you are a female, I will respond. If you are a male, I will have my pastor contact you. God bless and don’t give up. We’ll help you find a church where you learn more about God and develop new friends who will love you and help you grow into the person God wants you to be.

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