Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job?
There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright,
a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
~ Job 1:8 (NIV)
I don’t like this verse. I envision the enemy of our souls pacing before God, stroking his chin as he ponders his next victim.
God breaks the silence and offers,
“What about Job? Test HIM!”
What followed was an excruciating time of suffering for Job as he lost his family, his possessions and his health. Yet, even in unimaginable tragedy, he remained faithful. But it wasn’t easy.
His wife advised Job to curse God and die. His “friends” insisted he was concealing sin. No one seemed to care nor did they offer to help; they just cast blame and left him to suffer and wrestle with his faith.
God wasn’t pleased with their insensitivity, and He’s not pleased when His Church ignores the hurting people in their midst. Whether someone is suffering at the hand of God or as a result of bad choices, they still need people who will care for them and show them the love of Jesus. Who better to do that than the Church?
Along with our charge to fulfill the Great Commission and meet the spiritual needs of our congregations, the Lord is calling us to reach out. He has blessed each congregation with a strategic position to serve the community. We can think “outside the box” to find new and creative ways to reach the lost for Christ.
When a derecho ravaged the southeast last July, our area experienced a massive power outage. Our downtown church served like never before. We opened our doors to let folks get a break from the heat, charge their electronic devices, and take a hot shower. We even delivered bottled water to the surrounding neighborhoods!
Sometimes meeting a physical need opens the door to meet a spiritual need. The worn saying is true,
“People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
Food pantries, clothes closets, helping hands… It’s one thing to say we care, but an entirely different thing to show it. How can YOU show you care?