Let me tell you about two young people I know. I’ll call them Jack and Jill.

Jack is eighteen years old. Jack was in honors classes when he started high school, before he was suspended for punching an assistant principal.

Jack lives with his mother although she doesn’t want him or his older brother or his little sister. They cramp her style – a two bedroom apartment is too small for her children and the men she entertains.

Jack called the police last fall when he found his older brother molesting his little sister. That was hard – Jack thought his brother was his only friend.

Jill is sixteen years old. A small girl with features like a delicate China doll. She had a baby in junior high school – before she married the father. That marriage lasted less than a year.

Jill is expecting another baby now. She won’t marry the father this time. She has no idea who he is.

There are lots of Jacks and Jills in our world. We “older” folks work with them; our “younger” folks go to school with them. They live in our neighborhoods.

In Mark 2:17 (NIV) Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jack and Jill are sick, not physically, but emotionally and spiritually. Jesus is the doctor, but he has left the job of making the house calls to us.

We can respond like Jonah and run away. “But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.” Jonah 1:3

We can respond like Paul. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, {20} for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20

We can run, but we can’t hide.


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