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)
Today we complete our annual service in the Summer Feeding Program. Almost every weekday since the 5th of June, servants from Trinity at The Well and Cartersville 1st Presbyterian Church have distributed food to children and disabled adults at the Cartersville Gardens apartment complex. They showed up in the rain, in the heat, and in the middle of a otherwise busy summertime schedule. But you know what? They showed up. And grace met them there. Beautiful, isn’t it?
As we finish our church’s service in this essential program to provide hope and help to our neighbors, I want to focus in on something Jesus said that is equally miraculous, magnificent, and motivating: whatever you did for one of the least of these…you did for me. Yes, we served our neighbors, but we also served Jesus. With every chicken nugget, sandwich, juice box, and potato chip, we fed Jesus. Though we might have soothed the growling tummies of our young neighbors, we helped answer the groaning prayers of the hungry (check out Romans 8:22-28).
I love our church. I truly do. We are on a mission to help God meet the needs of our neighbors in ways big and small. Though we might be finished with this program (bear in mind that the dates are set by the school system ad USDA), the needs are ongoing. I want to leave you today with some powerful words of the Apostle Paul; may they help us carry on, get a little rest, gear up for our next big project (Backpack Buddies is just around the corner), and look for new ways to share the love of God with our 85,000 neighbors who are not yet connected to Christ through a local church!
“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.
Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant.
Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.”
(Romans 12:13-14, MSG)
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the love you give me in Jesus. Help me to remember that when I do the things you ask me to do to help my neighbors, I’m not just doing it for them, but for you. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.