Isaiah 58:10 NKJ
If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10 NIV
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
I think many times our idea about church is centered on the church service. All that we think about and focus on in our quest to the right church home and the right church family is the service. It is reflected in our decisions. The music is not what I like. I don't like the way they close service and the list goes on and on. I think you should choose a church by what the church is doing. Are they teaching the gospel and are they taking the gospel to the people? Are they involved in the community? What are their plans for touching the hurting and afflicted? Not only should this be why you choose a church family but this is also how you should look at your walk with Jesus. What are you doing to serve? Again take your mind off the service. Some would say I serve the Lord because I have not missed a church service in three years. While I commend you on your loyalty and commitment I would ask you, what have you done as a follow-up to all the service time? Are you involved in the community and helping the needy and the oppressed. Are you extending your soul to the community? Are the needs of the hungry your concern or are you looking to the next time the church doors are open? Have you ever considered opening the church doors to help those who otherwise would not be anywhere around church? Are the less fortunate in yours sights so you and run to them not from them? We as the church must meet the needs of our community and take the message of Jesus Christ to those in need. May our churches have great services and may they be inspirational and moving. May our church services teach the Word of God and mold and shape people. But I pray we mold and shape people to get out of the pews, get on the field, deep into the needs concerns and presence of those without, those in need, those in pain. May we as Christians take care of our brothers and sisters. May we take food, shelter and clothing, but most importantly the message of Jesus Christ to the lost, hungry and needy. Not tomorrow but today. 1 John 3:17 "But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" If we have the ability to help someone in need and we do not how can they love of God be in us? I am not asking this question, Jesus Christ is in His Word. Stop thinking about it and begin doing something about it. You are His child, walking around empowered by His Spirit. Go therefore and be more than conquerors. Go do His work, His Way with His provision.
Reaching For Him,
Brother Big Daddy