by Pastor Mark Jordan
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40, NIV)
Today is the final day of Church at The Well’s service in the Summer Feeding Program. Cartersville 1st Presbyterian joined us again this year, providing teams for Monday’s, as well as every-other-Wednesday. It was an amazing summer of service, and I am so humbled to be a part of it. Yes, there were some wrinkles, as there always will be when you work with multiple entities to complete a mission, but everything went well. It took the graciousness, flexibility, and commitment to service on behalf of those who gave of their time to serve at Cartersville Gardens in the heat, sometimes in the rain, and with some occasional uncertainty as to when the food would arrive. All-in-all, though, it was amazing!
Because it isn’t about us. It is all about serving God by serving others.
Jesus told Peter that you can share God’s love by feeding His sheep (John 21:15-19). This is a major commitment of Church at The Well toward our community, and one where we know the proverbial rubber must meet the road. And it is something that will always remain part of The Well’s DNA and commitment to care for all of God’s children, no matter where we are or what we may look like.
I want to reflect on our verse of the day and remember Jesus’ promise to His followers: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Every chicken nugget? For Jesus. Every sandwich? For Jesus. Every milk box, or fruit juice? For Jesus. Every dessert? For Jesus. Every plastic bag? For Jesus. Every plastic fork? For Jesus. Every bit of it for Jesus, held, un-packaged, unwrapped, sipped, nibbled, and digested by the hungry bodies of His children…His sheep…our neighbors.
Thank you, Church at The Well and 1st Presbyterian for answering the call to feed Jesus’ sheep, with the knowledge that it isn’t just for the kids in our community, but for the Lord Himself.
To God be the glory. Forever.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your love and the commitment of those I love to help feed your sheep and serve you by serving others. I celebrate the work we’ve done, but pray not to grow complacent, because there are still hungry sheep all around me. I want to heed your call to show my love for you by sharing in the feeding of your proverbial sheep. Enable and empower me to do this great work through your Holy Spirit, and your body, the Church, so we all may know of your love. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.