Day 38 - Serving

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?

James 2:14-17: “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”

Matthew 25:37-40: “…The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

When we take a step out and serve others in our community we learn what God’s heart is for our city and how we can participate with him to bring his heart to bear in the places we live. Scripture guides us in how to humbly serve with God.

James impresses upon us the need to manifest in action the love and faith we proclaim. Our words are empty if we don’t come alongside to ease the burden of those who suffer. By serving our brothers and sisters in need, our faith comes to life, takes shape, and breathes God’s breath into people/places which are ruled by despair and death.

God sees our actions towards each other as if they were done to him. Why? Because we are to understand his deep love for those on the margins whom God regards as precious. Compassion is what God desires from us. We are to sit with Jesus when we meet him in the dark places, to get to know him, and to understand these relationships are mutually transforming. This is paramount to solving problems and fixing issues.

Take a moment now to reflect on this poem that is attributed to Teresa of Avila as it gives the central reason for our participation with God’s work in our city:

Christ has no body but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world, Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good, Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, Yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks Compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

REFLECTION:

  1. In what ways can our church serve our city so that people are able to see Jesus?

  2. What do we need to do in order to humble ourselves so that we are able to see Jesus in those we seek to serve?

  3. Are we, individually and corporately, seeking opportunities to participate more effectively with God’s work in our city?

Jan Gasper and Josh McQueen Redmond, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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