BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Matthew 25:40 – “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
A few years ago when I first became a pastor, I had a million questions for God and asked Him to help me along the way. As I was asking Him for help, I could hear a voice responding to me saying, “Help my people.” It was at that moment when my ministry at Greater Springfield Community Church was defined. It was at that moment that I knew what I had to do.
I knew what would please God. A lot of things just clicked all at once when I heard those instructions. Immediately following those words, the motto for our church was born: “Building a Stronger Community by meeting the needs of the people.” Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you were the command words from Jesus as the Sermon on the Mount was delivered.
I believe that the reason why God has blessed my ministry so much in such a short time frame is because our mission and actions are based on helping others. I am convinced that if you want to see God’s favor upon your life, you need to bless God’s people. When we examine the life of Jesus, we see that Jesus was not selfish or self-centered and did not have a hidden agenda that would benefit him in some way.
Jesus washed feet, healed the lepers, gave sight to the blind and raised the cripple to walk, not to mention countless miracles that were all for others. His life is a blueprint on the way that He would want us to act and treat others. It’s easy to love the ones closest to you or be friendly to the most popular people in school, church or at your work place. The mentality behind that thinking is usually that if you’re in good with the popular people, you will be accepted and popular as well. That’s the easy way, but if we are going to live the way God intended us to live, then we must be good to all people.
I am baffled when I see proclaimed Christians make racist or biased statements singling out certain groups of people.
As a believer in Christ, our job is to speak, act and promote unity within the community. God has made a community of people who don’t all look, speak or act in the same way, but our common core character of Christ should be evident in our lives and illuminated everywhere we go. We should help each other everywhere and not just in our houses of worship. When you go out of your way to befriend or help someone who others have pushed aside, as Jesus said, “It’s like you’re doing it unto me.”
Make this year a year of outreach. Instead of rushing past people you may see every day or week at your job, school or work, why don’t you take time out to say good morning or make it your business to have a conversation with that person who everyone else calls weird or strange and see how he or she is doing? Just by reaching out to someone and showing that you care can not only make their day, but can change their life. We must always think to ourselves when we see someone who is less fortunate than we are and ask the question: What would I want to be done for me if I was that person? Then, do it.
Remember, when you are a blessing to the least of them, you are a blessing to the Lord. As the writer Luke illustrates in the sixth chapter and 38th verse, “Give and it will be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
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