We, as followers of Christ, have the opportunity to be known as “the people who come alongside,” the people who patiently suffer with and attend to those in need, minister to those at points of crisis, and walk alongside those who struggle. This is our calling, our mission, so to speak.
To love people in practical ways—to put muscle to our faith—is the challenge, isn’t it? I’ll confess I am much more comfortable keeping my faith contained in the head or even the heart. Loving God with my mind or my heart comes more naturally (at least for me), as opposed to muscle and motion. Someone once said that the real challenge for the church comes in transforming “creed” (what we believe) to “deed” (how we live out our faith).
start> thinking this week about how you can translate what you believe into how you live. Be sensitive to the whisper of the Spirit (the One who has come alongside us). How can you and I be conduits of grace and hope? Whom do you know? What needs do you see in his/her life? What can I pray on his/her behalf? What can I do?
Because of our hope in Jesus, we have something, Someone, to share. It is a hope that our government cannot provide, our academic institutions cannot provide, our businesses or corporations cannot provide or even our families. Rock-solid hope is found in God’s Son, Jesus.
Good ideas, even dreams, will be born in our small groups as we are challenged by the parable of the Good Samaritan. Don’t let it simply dead-end with discussion or tacit agreement. Let’s not keep it to ourselves.
Dispense your hope! Live out your faith. It’s why we are alive. It’s how we truly live!