I had the opportunity share this awhile ago during a missions service, I hope you enjoy!
There was a group of ladies at a church that wanted to do some “in town” missions, since they aren’t able to go out of town, so they decided to have a program with singing, and preaching. Then at the end it would be an opportunity for those lost souls, to get saved! So, they got a list of people in town that would benefit from this program, but they didn’t want any of “those people” on the list, in fear they would want more just a dinner and an opportunity to be saved. One group got the list and went out to invite people, got the directions mixed up went to the wrong house and invited a lady, that we’ll call Barbara. The day of the program comes; the ladies are excited and can’t wait to see who all shows up. They begin going around the room to say why everyone had come, Barbara stands up and says “I’m prostitute and I had been hoping someone would come by accept me for me and invite me to church”. The ladies faces turned pale, with embarrassment. Why would they be embarrassed?
Their mistake caused them to do what Jesus would do! He would been having dinner with “those people”, he would been going to the mall with “those people”, he would have been had a sign out front of the church saying if your one of “those people” come on in and I’ll give you the respect, love and all that I have to offer. So now this mistake has had to opportunity to not only offer hope, love and God work in Barbara’s life and hopefully those ladies now have a new outlook on “those people”.
Perhaps “those people” that we sometimes look down on are “the least of these”, the people the Jesus says if we wrong them, then we’re wronging him! So maybe you can’t leave home and want to do some “in town” mission go out take the risk of inviting “those people” to church, or just spending time with them. Maybe taking that risk: you’ll find the strength of God that comes with friendship, following the call of God to go out and do his work is a risk. Remember how Jesus called the disciples, they took the risk of following Christ, not knowing what would happen….Will you take a risk?