What Would It Take For You To Be Homeless!
I think many of us can wonder how can a person be homeless? Many believe it starts from the outside then works its way in. Meaning losing financial stability or broken relationships etc. Which in some cases this might be true, and for the most part when I do see this case most bounce right back. But for the majority of homelessness, it starts in the mind. You give up on the mission of life and you lose purpose. Your life becomes ruled by the pressures of the world.
As I do outreach almost every day I engage with some many people. And the one thing I see in common is the fear of responsibility. The fear of failure and the fear of the call of one’s purpose. When people fear these things they become weighed down by the pressure of the world and become a slave to that pressure. This leads the individual to drugs and drinking to numb out the pain of what “could” and not face the reality.
When I ask what would it take for you to be homeless? I’m really asking what will it take for you to give up? To give up to the purpose of God. Many of us can be homeless spiritual but physically have it all. Being homeless means living in a world without a home. Spiritual Homeless is much closer than what you think. Some of us give up our home with God when we give up the responsibility that God calls you to live by. This then produces homeless of the mind from a spiritual sense, Living with no purpose going through the motions of survival but always hearing in the back of the mind what is the point. Like many homeless people I run into the world, they try to go to every meeting and appointment they can but when it calls them to take on the ownership of their home they can possibility get, they run away and go back to the drug or person that keeps them in the place they are because they accept their behavior. Many of us get that way spiritually too… going to every church meeting doing what they are supposed to do but when you are called to take ownership of their sin then run! So we go back to the places that accept our sin and do it all over again.
Romans 1:21-23New International Version (NIV)
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
I’ve experienced this spiritual homelessness before but I never realized how serious it was until working with the homeless community. I see how the longer you stay homeless the harder it is to live in a home. Your mind adapts to a certain lifestyle and even when you get a home because you live a certain way for so long they try to bring that lifestyle into a home and quickly they are back on the streets. Spiritually it is exactly the same… Take the challenge and ask yourself am I spiritually homeless? I’m I in a place where no one calls me to take ownership of my sin? Don’t let it get to late God has an amazing home for you. He is just waiting for us to come home to it.