I had customers in town this week and have been involved with them, so I apologize (mainly to myself) for posting this late.
Feet To Your Faith. What do I mean by this? Simply, putting your beliefs to action. In Jesus' last command to His disciples He said:
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."What's the command? Simply, Go. We aren't to sit in our churches and wait for people to come to us with their hurts and their needs. But, all to often, that is exactly what we do.Matthew 28:18-20
I am blessed with the opportunity to go on a mission trip here shortly to help deliver food to a poverty stricken town and do some construction work on a church there. Already I have seen God working. We made a simple request of our neighbors to clean out their pantries of any food they wouldn't or couldn't use and donate it. Many in our neighborhood choose not to go to church anywhere, but the response was overwhelming. What's more, my kids are seeing all of this come together. They helped distribute the request letters to our neighbors' newspaper boxes and they are now seeing the food come in. What better object lesson for them.
What else did Jesus tell us to do?
Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."Interestingly, the entire 10 Commandments are covered by just these two given by Jesus.Matthew 22:37-40
If we are to love God and love our neighbors as we would ourselves, then it's up to us to take God to them. We are to reach out to the poor, the poverty stricken, the homeless, the hungry, the unloved and the neglected.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'As we enter the holidays, I urge you to pause and remember Who we should be celebrating. Especially consider WHAT he has asked us to do. There are many ministries to become involved in within your community: Food kitchens, Toys for Tots, clothing and blanket drives, Food pantry stocking, heating assistance, and many others.
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"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.'Matthew 25:34-40
I know, I know, we're all busy this time of year. But, taking a little time to help someone else could be all that's needed to change their life.
Now Playing: "Faith Noel" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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