"Just Not Wanted"
February 3, 2009
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out. John 6:37
Have you ever felt your company wasn't appreciated?
This was certainly the case for a woman and her child who were living in Spring Valley, New York.
The lady's landlord, a fellow by the name of Fausto Pinos, encouraged her to leave. This he did by removing the toilet, bathtub, sink, oven, and counter top from her basement apartment.
Apparently, the roach infestation hadn't been enough to get the lady to move down the road.
When asked why she had stayed where she was so obviously unwanted, she said she had "no other place to go."
To the credit of the community of Spring Valley, the Department of Health issued emergency violations to the landlord. Then, they helped the lady move. Finally, the Rockland Board of Health fined him $10,000 for 24 housing-code violations.
It occurs to me that in a big world filled with billions of people, nobody should ever feel unwanted and without options.
Still, that is often the case, isn't it? Most of us have felt alone sometime in our lives.
This is why the words of our Savior are so very important: "Whoever comes to Me, I will never cast out."
Think about those words. Jesus will never pull the rug out from under us. No matter what others may do, He will never throw us out on our ear. Please understand Jesus is not making an idle promise. As proof of His words, Scripture tells us how He reached out to the leper, the Samaritan, the outcast, the sinner, the mourning, and the unloved.
So we might be forgiven, loved, and have a friend is why He invested His life for our salvation.
So we might never be cast out, is why He lived without a place "to lay His head" (Matthew 8:20b).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for finding the lost, for touching the untouchable, for being the friend of the lonely, my thanks and praise. May I, in Your Name, do the same for those who feel, and are, alone. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries