Serving the community is part of the Core Values here at Piedmont. I truly believe that the local church will have its greatest influence when it serves the community with compassion.
Paul talked about the importance of serving with compassion…
Paul is saying as you go out and serve this is the uniform to put on. This is what I want you to wear. This is what I want to people to see and get their first impression… and if you look compassion is the first thing on the list. Compassion is the suit or the dress… all the other traits are the accessories….
One definition of compassion is to recognize the suffering of others, then take action to help.
Three things to remember when taking action to help others.
1. REMEMBER THE MISSION
Jesus said ” I have come not to condemn the world but to save it.” That is why I have to go!
Remember we have to have the same attitude of Christ… so therefore we have to go too!
It’s not optional…. We have to go! And just like Jesus that may mean we have to go to places that are uncomfortable… places where we may not be well received… places that we have never been before…places that we don’t visit on a regular basis.
2 REMEMBER WHERE YOU CAME FROM
The greatest front line compassion workers are those who have been there and remember where they came from.
Those of us who have received the most grace should be the ones offering the most.
Every time Jesus had an experience with somebody it was remarkable. He never left people the same way he found them. (For those of us who have found Jesus we can say we are not the same.)
3 REMEMBER GOD CAN USE ANYONE
In John Chapter 4 Jesus ministers to a Samaritan woman at the well. Jews avoided Samaritans. She was a social outcast in the community.
Look at verse 39.. and look at what the woman at the well does after she has experienced God’s grace…
Isn’t that amazing. The community outcast… the one that the village shunned and didn’t want anything to do with… Is the very one that God used to reach the village.
Think about that… everyone that we serve… everyone we show God’s love to has the potential to go back and win their village to Christ…
I can’t help but visualize children and families that we feed or give a grocery bag full of groceries to could be the one that God uses to win their family and village to Jesus Christ.
Hunger was the #1 need our schools asked for help with. I wish all of you could have seen the face of the Powers Ferry Elementary Principal today when Piedmont helped her buy turkeys for her kids. Her smile made my day!
This month’s Love Does is grocery bags. I was so happy last Sunday when all of the grocery bags were taken off the tables in the East Hall. We have placed 200 more on the tables for this Sunday.
I can’t wait to see the faces of the Principals this week when Piedmont brings those bags full of groceries to their schools.
I love serving with all of you and I love being apart of take action compassion focused Church! Go Piedmont!