Being Hearts & Hands
“The Heart & Hands of Jesus” is the title of our next sermon series. Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) This verse highlights the heart of Jesus. Acts 10:38 says of Jesus, “He went about doing good.”
From time to time I am asked the question, “What is expected of me to be a member of Tates Creek Christian Church?” I like that question, and I am always ready with the answer. The expectations for a member of Tates Creek are quite simple. There are three (of course): The first expectation is to spend an hour in worship each week. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” The second expectation is to spend one hour in study with a group of people whether Sunday school or Small group. These folks become our church family. The third expectation is to spend at least one hour in service. It is through Christian service that we demonstrate the Heart & Hands of Jesus.
I have been blessed, all my life, to be around Christian people who demonstrate the Heart & Hands of Jesus. I remember a wonderful example from my first ministry. Coming to the church was a very poor lady who rarely bathed. Some of the dear godly Christian ladies of the church would sit with her on Sunday mornings. Another godly Christian lady would take this poor lady to her home and provide her a bath. Those precious ladies demonstrated the Heart & Hands of Jesus Christ.
My Dad and Mom have demonstrated the Heart & Hands of Jesus throughout their years. I remember years ago when a fellow from Mexico stayed with us. We called him, “Mexico Joe.” He worked alongside us day in and day out. He stayed with us in our house from August through Christmas. While he was with us, we gave him a Spanish Bible. He really loved his Spanish Bible. On the Sunday before he left to go back to his home in Mexico, he was baptized. Wow! That certainly was a great day! I remember the day Dad and I drove him to Lexington to catch the bus back to Mexico. We did fairly well with our good-byes. However, when we got within a couple miles of home, my Dad started crying. The only other time I ever witnessed Dad cry was when he buried his parents. Dad really had a heart for helping people. Do we have a heart for helping people, Christian or non-Christian? Do we have a heart like Jesus?
Jesus went about doing good!