If there were people that would not accept what he had to say, he would tell them and if they didn’t believe him, he would then walk away.
Paul had a heart for the weak.
He said in Acts 20:33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Paul would be today’s minister that would be in the thick of hurricane Harvey helping them to rebuild without expecting a cent in return. He would be making tents and selling them for him and his believers to survive.
Through his hard work and humbleness, he would make away for all to survive.
If we look at Samaritan’s Purse this would likely be his type of ministry. Where all hands are on deck, surveying the damages and handing out to the needy.
You would see Paul himself with a hammer and nails, or with a wet vacuum. He wouldn’t be afraid to get his manicured nails dirty. He wouldn’t have manicured nails. You would see callouses on his hands. His hands were how the hard working men where he went could identify with him.
Acts 18:3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.
Paul’s ministry taught us how to humble ourselves enough where we can identify with the everyday man and woman. If we could identify with them and help them with their physical messes in life they would trust us.
Even if that meant getting our hands dirty from doing hard work. Paul earned respect and trust. He learned from his own experience in life how to be humble. He learned how to be accepted.
If we take the humbling lessons of Paul we can help change the world!
If we can accept the unlovable, the unwanted in the world, we are giving them a chance in life to be a light to the world in times of trouble. It’s all about being there for one another!
Paul built his church outside of buildings, his church was the group of believers that he ministered to by eating and working with them.
I believe Paul would tell you today that the church is the people, not the building.
We should ask ourselves how can we be the church of believers outside of a building? By being there for others in times of trouble. By walking the walk and talking the talk. If we shelter ourselves inside we are limiting our capabilities and the hand of God. We have to get out of our comfort zones and be the church where people need us the most. By humbling ourselves, we are showing our community that we are no better than them. We are just like them at the end of the day.
1 Don't put yourself above others
2 Don't be too good to eat and sleep where they do.
3. Get out and work with them and show them that you're their equal.
4. Serve them
5. Pray with them and for them.
6. Be there in times of trouble and ready to take your hat or gloves off and get your hands dirty if necessary.
7. Remind yourself at the end of the day we’re all the same regardless of skin color. We all want to live a blessed life.
8. Be the hands and feet of God during times of disasters or troubles.
9. Try to eliminate or remove the burdens from your neighbor’s shoulder.
a. Offer to mow a neighbor’s yard when they're sick.
B. Deliver groceries to the hungry.
C. Reach out to a disabled person and be the hands and feet that get them to where they need to go!
D. Always make time and room for others.
If you can’t help physically reach out monetarily to those that are helping and let them know that you think they are doing a great job!
E. Encourage everyone through the love of Jesus Christ!
Random acts of kindness go a long ways!