“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. 7 What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. 8 Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. 9 Then when you pray, God will answer. You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, 10 If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. 11 I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places — firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. 12 You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” (Isaiah 58:6-12, The Message)
If you were to ask my what my heart is for The Church and for people, this passage explains it well. Now, I know this passage was for a people many years ago, but read it close, it’s interesting how after many years we still deal with the same issues in society.
First I want to put a disclaimer out there, this is my heart, this is my passion. God puts passions and desires in everyone’s heart that is a little different. He does this for the purpose of us all working together, doing what we are called to do as individuals for the purpose of reaching all types of people. So, you may not agree 100% with what I’m saying and that’s okay because this is what God has laid on my heart for me in this season of my life.
I have a desire to get out and reach those outside of the walls of The Church. I have a desire to go get them, rather than wait for them to come to me. Do I have all the answers on how to do that? I sure don’t but I’ve learned that with some things you just have to start. Start by just talking to people, don’t get all religious on them, just talk to them about life and doors will open.
For myself personally, I’ve sat in enough prayer meetings, conferences, and trainings, it’s time to get out and do something.
Again, there is nothing wrong with these things and they are necessary at times. What I’m saying is, I’ve soaked enough, I’ve trained enough, let’s put some action to it. Instead of just praying for our community, let’s talk to the people in our community. I truly believe God has called some people to pray and some to talk so, again, don’t get offended if you feel to just pray for your community. That’s the desire God has given you.
Verse 12 sums it all up for me. “You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.”