“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~ John 10:10
By now you’ve probably seen the YouTube video that has captured the nation’s attention – the homeless man with a golden voice. On a highway in Ohio, up until two days ago, stood a wild-haired homeless man holding a sign declaring that he has a God-given voice.
While most of us would have driven right on by, not even taking the time to read the man’s detailed cardboard message, a local reporter stopped, took a minute-and-a-half-long video of this fellow speaking, and posted the video online. And in an instant, a life was changed.
48 hours later, this same man found himself clean-shaven, sitting on the Today show couch visibly awestruck by the incredible turnaround he was experiencing. He had a job, a home, and was reunited with his family. This is the kind of story that gives you hope for humanity.
Then I wondered…
What if he would have said no? Declined to be on video – or asked the reporter to come back later when he’d gotten himself together. What if he told the reporter he was happy with where his life was at? Or told everyone he wanted just a little more time to fully experience homelessness before turning things around. What if the reporter had told him to clean up his act so he could really be impressive?
It would be ridiculous…
I can think of times in my life, where God is standing before me, offering me an opportunity and I turn Him down. I claim that I’m not ready or, like Moses, not good enough. We may not be physically homeless, but oftentimes we chose to be spiritually homeless instead of accepting God’s amazing offers. Maybe we have gotten comfortable in our current situation and don’t see a reason to change. Or like the Israelites in Egypt, prefer the awful familiarity to the total unknown. Perhaps we want just a bit more time to do whatever it is we feel like, before really turning things over to God.
Worse yet, there are times when the church looks at an individual who is spiritually homeless and rejects that person outright, because they aren’t clean enough to get close to their Jesus. Instead of offering access to the One who could help them change, they are told they aren’t good enough to be shown His mercy.
Christ came to earth to save us from spiritual homelessness. He blessed each of us with God-given talents and abilities and is standing before us, offering us the chance to shine. All we have to do is take it.