| Would Anyone Notice? |
“If your church ceased to exist today would anyone in your local community notice?”
That question set us on a quest to engage more fully with the needs of our city and the surrounding communities. Part of being a follower of Jesus is imitating Him. Jesus set the example for us when he took notice and served those in greatest need around Him.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others
and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Fellowship has always had a heart for those who are not here yet, but in recent years we have prayed for and pursued opportunities and partnerships within our local community with greater purpose to make a tangible difference. God is answering those prayers and lives are being changed as hope is dispensed through volunteer hours and loads of generosity.
Maybe we can’t fix everyone, but we can love them by meeting some basic needs.
Through love, attention and care we can provide light in a dark place.
Through this journey, we’re learning that we’re all broken and in need of God’s grace in one way or another. Some forms of brokenness look different than others. As we enjoy and are committed to, making a difference through many local partners in our community, God is teaching us that meeting the needs of people who are right in front of us is a sacred privilege. It seems that’s what serving does – it opens our eyes to notice people we’ve not seen before and enlarges our hearts to care.
“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6
As we ponder our blessings this Easter and the hope that comes from the resurrection of Jesus, let’s ask ourselves, “Who is that one person in my life who would benefit from extra care, support and love?”
Let this be our prayer today…
Thank you God for giving me the ability to help those within our community who are in need. Help me to share the Good News of Jesus as I serve others. May my care and actions be a light in an otherwise dark situation. Expand my heart to serve and love others as Jesus did. Show me how I can make a difference to those around me starting today. Thank you for the example of your Son, Jesus.
- Amen -