One of the tasks given by Jesus to the church is to help the down and out. Someone once said that the church is not to be a museum of saints, but rather a sanctuary for sinners. Aptly put.
Jesus said it this way, “For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him saying, “LORD, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe you? And when did we see You sick, or in prison and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even to the least of them, YOU DID IT TO ME.” – Matthew 25:35-40
Make sure you read through the rest of that chapter!
Look around you church. There is a reason we have Kingdom Threads and Serve. There is a reason why there is a food bank in town. We have many people who are members of this community and those passing through who are in dire need. If we don’t help them – who will?
Are you involved in the ministry of helps? You are called to. All of us are. Will you right now ask God’s forgiveness if you’re not involved? Will you make it a point to drop something in your agenda that is only serving you and get involved in the lives of those who desperately need help? We need laborers – for the fields are white for harvest. We are praying that you will become a laborer – a fellow servant. Have you SEEN Jesus lately?
In His Service,
- Pastor Cliff
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