To the Shut-ins We Are Called
I spent today locked in my house. Not by choice but, because I had to wait for a boiler inspector that could show up at any point from 8AM to 4PM. Sitting here trapped made me reflect on the many people that live trapped in their homes every single day.
Each day many people never get to go outside or into towns. They are effectively shut-ins. Some are in this position because of their poor health; many elderly people are in this position. They are not the only ones. Many people due to depression and anxiety are also trapped in their homes. Many of our veterans and former convicts are in this position. As we look and consider this it should break our hearts.
Genesis 2: 18 tells us the following, “18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”” The Lord made people with social interactions in mind. A person may want to have time alone, but for many shut-ins they are alone more than they want to be. They are alone and many of them also have relationship with God. They are in many ways a lost group of people that many Christians can easily miss.
Yet this group is also who we are called to aid. Matthew records how Jesus will reward some and how thous people get confused. Matthew 25 37-40 says " 37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did itto one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Jesus confuse the people by giving them credit for helping Him. So they ask a simple question. When did we help you? Jesus explains that in helping another person they helped Jesus. That shut-in you know, think of them as Christ in jail. That depressed person you know, consider them as Jesus weeping. Whatever we do remember we do it for or against the Lord, even when it doesn't seem like it.
So, as we go about our days, I want this thought in our minds. That God loves the shut in. Reach out to the person who you know never gets out. Offer to take your housebound neighbor out if they can travel at all. Even just simply go and show your local shut-in love and appreciation. Reach out to that depressed friend and spend time being their cheer. Be a light to them who can’t see the sun. Be blessed all and I pray this simple message reminds us to reach out this week.