Serving Jesus

Read: Luke 10:25-37

What a blessing it has been this week to see the followers of Jesus serving him and others through the love, care, and concern for people of all ages.  Since Monday the church building has been bursting with enthusiasm and excitement as over 250 children and 75 volunteers from 5 churches have come together for the Arthur Community Vacation Bible School.  God’s Word, God’s love, and the plan that Jesus has for these children is being taught and received each and every day.

And then as I opened Facebook last night I see the crew from our church that is in Pilger, Nebraska this week building a Mennonite Disaster Service house that was lost in a tornado last year.  A local TV news crew came out and did a news story which included an interview with Virgil Gingerich and showed the crew busy at work.  In only two days of work the walls were up and the trusses in place.

These examples are wonderful reminders of how Jesus taught us to live. To serve him by serving others.  This is the exact point he was trying to make when he told the parable of the Good Samaritan.  The Samaritan gave up some time, money, and other things in order to see someone helped, blessed, and changed for the better.  I see that in action this week for sure, but I know that it happens each and every week in areas that are unseen.

Some years ago I heard the story of two men who sold their lucrative tech company for 1.5 billion dollars.  They selflessly decided to share their windfall with their employees.  The average bonus payment their workers received was just over $75,000.  One of the men summarized their decision by saying, “To share our success with everybody is the most joy we can have.”

I doubt any of the servants I have witnessed this week has 1.5 billion dollars to share, but they do have something that is even more valuable in the eyes of eternity.  They have the good news of Jesus Christ and the priceless joy of helping other people know his love, grace, care, and concern.  They have given up some of their time and maybe even money to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.

I pray that the many seeds being sown this week at Bible School will go into our community and world and make a difference in the lives of children and their families.  I pray that the homes being built in Nebraska will bless these people and allow them to realize that Jesus loves them and wants to provide for them in their times of need.

At the end of the Good Samaritan parable Jesus gives us a four word instruction.  He says, “Go and do likewise!”  It may not be VBS, it may not be building a house, but how is Christ using you to bring forth his kingdom here on earth?  God needs all of us to do our part, and in the end we pray together that the saving grace of Jesus, the love and care of God, and the servant hearts of his people will make a difference in this world.

Make it personal:  Let’s join together in praying this week for VBS and the Nebraska builders.  But let us also pray that God will lead us in who we are to serve and to bless in his name.  If we look around I am positive that we will see many opportunities this week, next week, and in the years ahead.

Have a great week,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church