Good evening and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. There are many instances in the Bible where it says, “And God said in a dream…” God often gives direction to His people through dreams. Well, I had such a dream last night. I had a dream about YOUNG PEOPLE, the YOUTH of the world. Specifically, about youth that had been “written off” or “labeled” by people. And not just people, but Christian people…even pastors and those in leadership.
The first scenario involved a young girl, a girl that I know personally, who was in my youth group years ago. In the dream I was standing on a street talking to a Youth Pastor. We both saw this girl (as a teenager) up on a balcony. The Youth Pastor commented how she was “trouble.” He had written her off as hopeless, a misfit, someone who wanted nothing to do with God. I was shocked and even angry that he saw her that way. Why? Because in real life…this girl who is now a young lady, is totally different. Through circumstances and maturity, she changed. We all do. At that moment, I was thankful that I didn’t write the girl off way back then.
The second scenario was evil. Once again, there was an actual youth, a guy, who grew up in my youth group. This guy was treated as an outcast because he was not like everyone else. He didn’t possess the level of “coolness” that others required to accept him into their “group.” As I saw him, a big black limo-type mafia car drove up. There were two evil looking “heads” peering out from below the car. I knew right away that they were demonic. They were telling me to give up on that kid. They kept discounting his worth and saying things to deem him hopeless. I watched the dream as if it were a video and saw myself shouting at their every word saying: THE WORD OF GOD SAYS THAT JESUS SAID, “IT’S THE SICK THAT NEED THE DOCTOR…NOT THE HEALTHY!!!“ It was as if I shouted those words a thousand times. I knew that I knew that I knew, that I was fighting for the lives of our youth; then I woke up. By the way, the kid in this scenario is now a young man who is very much on fire for God and shares Jesus with people everywhere.
If the Church, the Body of Christ, which is you and me, rejects those who are “different,” then WHO will reach them? Oftentimes, we invite to church those who Jesus would chew out, such as the Scribes, Pharisees, and Saducees…you know religious people. BUT, we stay away from those who Jesus embraced; prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers, adulterers, those living together, etc. Should we compromise our beliefs? Of course not. Should we love them and reach out to them no matter what they appear to be? ABSOLUTELY!
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
(1 John 4:20-21 MSG)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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