Recently someone questioned me about the church where I meet to pray and praise weekly. It's a dynamic home where in addition to enjoying each other's company, we also endeavor to address some very real problems. Some are personal, internal; many go far beyond the four walls of our church. Collectively, we confront community, state, national and international concerns. We feed the hungry. We clothe those in need. We have educational and social programs to engage and develop our youth. We support entrepreneurs. We provide safe avenues for those recovering from addiction to a myriad of substances. We address politicians, prep for standardized tests, underwrite nursing homes and group homes, visit prisoners and sick folks, supply shelters, counsel the hurting and bury the dead.
My friend wanted involvement in organized service opportunities. I was so surprised that finding those opportunities presented a challenge. In my world, there was never a shortage of people and causes to support. No, the cry is for dedicated supporters, folks willing to go to the frontlines to minister to the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional needs of others. This is the constant plea of churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of faith, as well as thousands of service organizations: the harvest is ripe but the labourers are few.
We don't necessarily need more meetings; they seem to convene without end. The need is for workers and caregivers, and when they tire, someone to care for them. How do you invest your time, talent and treasury? Get out there and help someone. It's a win-win proposition. You'll help someone in need, but you'll also be amazed by how much you learn and how good you feel in the process.
And in the end, the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40