Everywhere Jesus went, his heart was drawn to those who were most helpless and hurting — the orphans, the widows, the lepers, the crippled. Scripture is filled with commands to stand up for those who are deprived of justice, to feed the poor, and to care for the helpless. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus goes so far as to say that when we help one of “the least of these brothers” it is as though we are doing it for Jesus himself.
So, as we look at church life and the type of faith community God is calling us to be at LifeBridge, we are making a very intentional effort to “do church” differently. We de-emphasize programs and put a much greater emphasis simply on loving and helping people. Always, our prayer is that God would help us see the world through the eyes of Christ, and that He would then give us hearts to reach out and love in Jesus’ name.
One by one, we see that being lived out in very real ways. This coming weekend, we have a work crew heading to the home of an elderly couple who simply can’t keep up with the demands of their home anymore. We’re going to unclog their sewer, clean out some trash, and repair the floor…all in Christ’s name. It’s the same heart that compelled my wife and I to complete Rescue Family training through our work with the Montrose Street Reach…and now to open our home for a number of weeks to a newborn baby whose momma is in prison. There are so many stories…but one by one by one, we touch lives and change the world in the name of Jesus Christ. That’s what Jesus did, so it only makes sense that as his followers we would do the same thing.
“Christ died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:15)