For the next few weeks, Redwood Covenant Church is mobilizing to serve people beyond our church. And we’re giving away 10% of all our offerings to the people we will serve. It’s a great movement of generosity and service, involving an army of people who are willing to give generously and to roll-up their selves to show God’s unconditional love in very practical ways to our neighbors, with no strings attached.
The ministry of service is central to those who seek to follow after Jesus. Jesus bent low to serve the world that God loves, and he calls all who would follow him to do the same. Really, are we ever more like Jesus then when we serve others in his name?
Service is to faith what a fuel injector is to an engine. Clog an injector, and the motor sputters. Faith in action cleans out the gunk, and it injects vitality to our faith. John Wesley encouraged the Christians of his day to deepen their faith and to grow in God’s grace by serving others. And the first step toward serving others is simply to be available.
Are you available? Would you be available to at least one person in need this week? And, if you are a part of Redwood, are you available to join with others to love our neighbors in practical, fun ways?
“My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.”
1 John 3:18 (Message Version)