Before I get to “Serving Values” let me say that what seemed really interesting was that a guy (picture above is not him – but another guy and another story…) who has lived on the streets for the past 3 weeks is walking around the parking lot; his name is Al. He apparently found a little card about our church and came on over. He is looking for a job. Not so much stuff, but he needed a pair of pants and hadn’t eaten yet. He sleeps outside (did I mention we had a freeze last night? ). His birthday is this Saturday too – he will be 50. Didn’t sound like he has any family and not really anyone around the area that he knows. We talked a fair amount before and after church gathering, and then for a few hours while I drove him around the area. He really just wanted to talk with someone.
- Love God with All Your Heart
- Not About Us
- Loving Others
- Serving is our response to God
There was a point said at the beginning that this isn’t a matter of salvation through “works” if you’ve heard the statement, but a matter of loving God for our salvation and serving Him by our works. As Steve put it it – “not a set of rules but a standard to which we believe God has called us.” So don’t serve because you want to feel good about yourself, don’t serve to check off for the week in some sort of “checkbox Christianity”. Do it out of love and thankfulness to God. I know there are many who do not feel as I do on this and many that have a different calling and different purpose; which is fine and good . Follow your God as you feel led to but I really feel like I must leave you with what resonates with me:
“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”