Friday, July 11, 2014

Ministry to the F'd Up

I was in a bible study Monday invited by a friend. The young pastor of a new church plant in our area was conducting the study. During the meet and greet portion of the night discussion about the Sunday Service there was a story that was told. A guy had come to the altar for prayer and when he was asked by the Pastor what his prayer need was, he responded (not a religious person) "I'm all F___ked up".

Fortunately the young pastor is not a religious person and took this as a cry for help and began to minister to him. It was frankly refreshing to hear someone so transparently in need and willing to come for help without a load of religious jargon.

IF the all f'd up offends you, you would have been offended by Jesus who said: "Why is your Teacher eating with the tax collectors and sinners?" 12But when Jesus heard this, He said, "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. 13"But go and learn what this means: 'I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matt 9:12

We have sanitized this too much in our cultural context.. the fact is the all f'd up are the ones who most need Jesus.

Tuesday night I was ministering at Crusaders, a young man came. Maybe 30. He didn't use the phrase exactly, but he certainly described the situation he was in and it was all messed up. I spent a long time with him. Till they were kicking us out of the building. I hope he finds peace. I prayed with him, for him, laid hands on, prophesied, counseled... loved on him.

I wonder if any ministry would have the courage to say, "We are looking to help people who's lives are all F'd UP", that's who Jesus spent time with.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that was a wonderful post jean. Their was a prophet named Rachael hickson she and her husband sold all and went to a third world country. Working for reinhar boenke. She was hit by a military truck ministering to a man who had been on the side of the road in a car accident. She lay dying no one knows who took her to the hospital just a man no one could find or new :) that happened to speak her language and theirs perfectly Angel ? the middle of knowhere ? :) she lay there being diagnosed as brain dead. her father walked into the hospital and began to prophecy though the Lord has chastened you severly you shall live and not die. She woke up three days later over the course of the years she got pregnant lost the baby and had so many people lay hands on her she was sick of it and church. even though by her testimony she lay hands on many and saw them receive healing and miracles. she sought God and the reply was I have not changed but for the work I have for you I neeed to make some changes in you. three years later a man comes and lays hands on her. her husband was very pushy she go to church that night. she let him she can now walk and is in ministry in England. I said all that to say this a woman walked up for prayer after church cussed covered her mouth and the prophet looked at her and said it's alright we now know their is a problem and we can address it. While she clarified she does not condone profanity she had been their and new what it was to be broken without hops and so overwhelmed by circumstance the only thing one can say anymore is where is God...I found it a wonderful and fearful testimony of what God may require and the result of the compassion and understanding it may bring...good post gene signed Scott it seems your maturity and yielded ness to God is above many. thank you for the testimony.