Serving Our Communities With Humility
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. – Romans 12:6-8
Sometimes the word “Community” becomes synonymous with the word “Church” in Christian circles. Your church community are all the people you surround yourself with and associate with day in and day out. Rightfully so. But let’s not forget to get outside that church community. Break outside the walls of your church and spread the joy and light of our Father’s Word to the community that is your town. The community that is your nation. The community that is the world. There is so much need for us to spread God’s love that to spend all our time and energies inside the walls of our churches we may end up neglecting those that are right in front of us. See an example of the need to get out in the community in the following short story.
A rainbow is a sign of God’s promise never again to destroy the earth by flood. But that was little comfort to the people of Grand Forks, North Dakota, in April of 1997. Eight blizzards, an ice storm, spring rains, and an early thaw had relocated their comfortable homes, schools, stores, and churches into a world of water.
Hal Olsen, the disaster relief coordinator for International Aid, immediately arranged to “flood” the area with eight truck loads of life-sustaining supplies and gospel tracts. They were distributed by churches in the region.
One man was deeply affected by his help. He had been very hostile to a church across the street from his house and even tried to block it from being built in his neighborhood. But when he saw how the church responded to people in need, he said tearfully, “Now I’ve seen the church outside its walls.”
We must not be content to stay within the walls of our church. We need to execute God’s love in word and deed outside the walls – to ALL people.
Too often we get caught up in our own little world and forget all the people around us that are in need. It is easy to talk about statistics but it takes effort and heart to help others in need.
There are many ways in which we can help others. We can take time to talk to someone who is going through difficult times, we can donate food and clothing to institutions that distribute them to needy people in the community. By giving our 10% in church, we help those who are ministering God’s word in this country and the world.
God gives us so many blessings. It is our responsibility to give back so that others can know of his love and mercy.
– Author Unknown