In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus boldly states his mission:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to prolcaim liberty to the captives and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (ESV)
Disciples of Jesus carry out his mission of proclamation and practice. We do this by finding opportunities to both demonstrate and declare the power of God. Working with local non-profits can be a great way to do both. Feed My Starving Children (fmsc.org) recently opened a new facility in Mesa. This organization helps provide food to some of the poorest parts of the world.
Several of our church plant team participated in packing food this past weekend. This simple act of volunteering a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon was a demonstration of God’s love for his lost people. People we will never meet. We were also able to interact with the other volunteers who were making a similar display of compassion. Some were Christians, some were not.
It is critical that we proclaim good news to the poor. Jesus did. But it is just as vital that we notice those people who do not know Jesus that serve alongside us. All resources are God’s resources. And whether these people know it or not, they honor their Creator by serving the disadvantaged of creation. It only makes sense that God is working around us and ahead of us in the lives of people we meet every day. These are our family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers; the poor, the captives, the blind, and the oppressed.
A couple of hours volunteering and a little small talk as to why we were there and one of our teammates was able to exchange numbers with a young woman she met. They hope to meet up again soon. Who knows where the next conversation might lead?
What are some simple activities you can do that demonstrate God’s love and power? How might this activity open a door for you to speak a word for Jesus? You never know until you try.
Our table packed 26 of the 140 boxes that were going to North Korea!