We took the kids to the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Sunday. They loved it and I will be doing a post about it soon. We go to the Stock Show every year and every year I like to drive home on Broadway through the heart of the city. Broadway goes right by the Denver Rescue Mission, which is a ministry outreach in the Name of Jesus to help the homeless and those in poverty. Back in college I was blessed to do a lot of street ministry in this area and the area around Colfax by the Capitol, City Park, and the old Five Points neighborhood. It was done through Campus Crusade for Christ in conjunction with Here’s Life Inner City (an outreach of Campus Crusade). We worked with and stayed at Church in the City and we did some ministry with Christ’s Body Ministries and the Rescue Mission. It was awesome to see the Lord moving in power on the streets of D-Town! I have a lot of love for this city and I pray the Lord spreads revival here!
There is always a long line of people outside. Please pray for all the homeless men, women, and kids. I also ask the Lord to empower, bless, and anoint the brothers and sisters of the Rescue Mission with favor in their ministry work. Souls are being lost and won every day on these streets and the spiritual battle is fierce.
I wanted to write this post because of the neon sign that is out in front of the Denver Rescue Mission. It is a famous sign here in America. It is in the shape of a cross and it has a simple yet powerful message on it that is timeless: “Jesus Saves.” I was thinking about that sign today and how it preaches a powerful singular focus on Jesus Christ. When you see that, you know those folks are ministering to people in the Name of Jesus. Imagine being cold and hungry on the streets and then seeing that sign shining through the darkness. What a blessing! You go there and people treat you with kindness and give you warm food and shelter. They tell you about Jesus and how much He loves you and that Jesus will save your soul if you believe in Him. They actually care about you and for the first time in a long time you feel safe. I have witnessed this focus on Jesus in action and it is beautiful and powerful!
I want my focus to be fully on Jesus at all times. It is through Him that I live and breathe! It is through Him that all my hopes and dreams exist and have meaning. It is through Him that my soul is saved, so I lay it all down at the feet of Jesus! Jesus saved me and He saved my whole family and He can save you too!
It is fitting that the photo of the sign is kind of blurry. The light turned green and I was driving away as my wife snapped it with my phone. It made me think of the verse about fixing our eyes on Jesus and I thought about how I want my focus on Jesus to be perfectly clear! I don’t want anything hindering my focus on Him. That simple sign is true! Jesus saved us when He died on that cross and nothing can ever take that powerful truth away from us!
I hope and pray my focus is always on Jesus just as powerful and simple as that beautiful sign of hope hanging above the streets of Denver. The whole Bible could be summed up in those two words. Jesus Saves! Please don’t ever forget that beautiful truth of the amazing grace of God!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Grace and peace to you all!