Last night Pastor Dick shared a message that tugged on the hearts of many of us. He continued his message on enlargement, but this time there was a completely different tone and atmosphere in the House of God. The type of enlargement that was being discussed this time was about the enlargement of your heart.
Enlarging your heart? By enlarging your heart he didn’t mean having some sort of illness that makes your body at risk or a serious illness. Instead he was referring to enlarging your compassion towards the lost and hurting that are in our area of Myrtle Beach. He shared examples of people who have come into our Myrtle Beach Church that are lost, hurting and begging for anyone to reach out to them and lend a hand.
As he began to preach, this song came directly to mind:
The one line in the song that sticks out to me more than anything is the line where singer Matthew West says: “In my own little world of population me.” That line has stood out to me from the first time I heard this song as there are too many times in life where we get so wrapped up in the small things happening in our personal lives that we ignore everything else around us. Our “BIG” problems that we can’t buy that new car we want right now, or go on that exotic vacation we want, consume our every moment while at the same time right outside my own little world are people hurting and dealing with things much deeper.
Daily there are people living homeless, others losing loved ones, people who have marriages ending in divorce, and so many others who are hurting deeply just looking for someone to reach out a hand to them and share the love of God with them.
Give Them A Hand Up, Not Hand Out
If we truly want to see enlargement taking place in our church, this is the greatest way to see this take place. Don’t try to just give someone a handout to push them off to the side. Instead, take the time to give them a hand up to stand on their own two feet. Support them in their time of need with love the love of God and let Him do the surgery on them. If we all start doing this, we will see enlargement start to happen and lives will be changed!
I challenge you as this week continues on, take a moment to step out of population me and see who is right in front of you hurting. I know it will not take you long to find someone who is looking for someone just to reach out that hand. Once we start to look around with eyes of compassion we will find hurting people everywhere you look.
A Common Misconception
Many times we say, “But I can’t help them, I don’t have any money or the things they need!” While you may think they are in need of money to solve their problems, that is the least thing they need to solve their problem. More than anything, they need to know someone is caring about them. They need someone to shower them with the love of God. Which, both of these things cost nothing other than a little bit of caring and time. So, take the time and share the love of God that lives inside you. I promise that if you do so, you will see changes start in not only their lives, but your life as well!
When this starts to take place, we will then truly start to see enlargement happening in our house!
See you Sunday!