My pastor preached a very short sermon today. He said one single word and that word was "GO!"
Often we seem to make one of two mistakes. We either focus solely on the spiritual and ignore the physical needs of others or we focus only on the physical needs and neglect the spiritual. What did Jesus do? He did both and that means we must do the same if we are going to truly be a follower of Jesus Christ... a Christian.
I can almost here someone saying that we are not saved by our works. That is true. We aren't however, if one truly has committed their life to Christ, if one truly is a Christian, then that means they desire to pattern their life after Christ. This means we must serve as He served... with our whole hearts.
This is a rather tall order and often even if our heart is in the right place, we can easily feel overwhelmed. That's because we think we must do something that gets the attention of the media. We don't. In fact, it is better if we don't.
Today, we received cards which had a simple message printed on them.
WE HOPE YOUR DAY JUST GOT
YOU ARE LOVED.
It wasn't some colorful brochure about our church. In fact, on the backside the url of our church website is printed but there is no address and no phone number. You see, this isn't about getting someone to church at the moment though they can certainly check it out online if they wish to do so later.
This is about letting people in an often lonely world that someone cares about them.
We got another bigger card with suggestions about how we can "Go" into our world. Some of these are pertinent to things within my local church but I'd like to share a few of these suggestions for I think they are very good.
Pray for schools in your community
Do yard work for a neighbor or friend
Serve at a local homeless shelter
Donate to a charity
Leave a generous tip of 25% or more for your server
Offer to do house cleaning for a family friend or neighbor
Help someone carry their groceries
Offer to buy someone's groceries
Go on a prayer walk
Be there for a friend who is going through a tough time
Smile at random people you pass throughout the day
Pick up trash in your neighborhood
Donate clothing and/or other items to a thrift store
Give up that great parking space to someone else
Do something nice for a stranger
Pay for someone's order at the drive-thru or pay for the meal of a stranger (I had that happen to me before and I was blessed)
* Send goodies and thank you cards to your local fire and police stations
The list goes on and on. You get the idea. The point is, "going" and "witnessing" is more than just preaching a sermon to someone or quoting some scriptures. It is doing what Jesus did. Yes, He taught but He did more than that. He loved and He demonstrated that love in part by simply "doing life" with people. He showed them God's Word in action and we must learn to do the same.