“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:34-35
Do you know a church member who is suffering acute loss? Our church has grown to a size that chances are you do. It seems like not a week goes by without news of someone who sits just a few pews over suffering life-halting hardship.
I am proud of the way our church has weathered this season. I have witnessed wise counsel, prayer of all lengths and sizes, rallies of support, meal trains, and more. Many of these things happen because FBC has grown not only in size, but in well-managed purpose. It feels amazing to belong to a church that cares for its people well.
But no matter how large or organized it grows, a church is not an organization that runs independently of its people. It is not an engine that runs because it is powered by the “fuel” of its people. May it never be! No, the people ARE the engine itself! 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that we ARE the body of Christ, not something separate from the body, like food, that fuels it.
So I encourage all of us—including myself—to be a moving part and do something this week that will keep the sparks of Christian love flying and the cylinders firing! Look around right now. Decide today whom you will bless. On the back of this bulletin, write down exactly what you will do, and which day this week you will do it. And then do it! (Don’t ask them if there’s anything you can do to help. Just decide what to do and do it!)
Here are some ideas to get you started. I look forward to watching the sparks fly!
- Send a card in the mail.
- Visit them.
- Invite them to your home for a meal or dessert.
- Take their kids on an age-appropriate outing.
- Provide transportation.
- Do yard work or house cleaning.
- Run an errand.
- Bring them groceries or a meal.
Worship & Technology Director