Helping for Jesus
When I think of the Apostle John, I am encouraged because I see in him a great example of how Jesus and His love can change someone. Early in his ministry, Jesus nicknamed John and his brother James the ‘Sons of Thunder’. I don’t think this had anything to do with their earthly parents or their wrestling ring persona, but it was an indication of their personality and temperament. Later in his life, after he had spent time with Jesus and had seen Him resurrected, the perception of John changed. He became known as the ‘Disciple of love’ for his life and writings that emphasized how God loves us and we should love each other.
One passage, in particular, from 1 John talks about how we are to love others. “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” (I John 3:17-18) I think this passage really gets to the heart of why we have ‘Helping for Jesus’ as a part of the TCCC Mission Statement. We help others as a way to show them God’s love for them. When we open our hearts and minds and recognize how much love we have received from God, His style of love must just overflow from our lives and spill out onto the lives of everyone who gets close to us. As John makes clear, it is not enough to say it with words, we must show it with our actions.
This is one of the reasons we established the Heart & Hands of Jesus Ministry Team, to help TCCC organize and coordinate our efforts to really love the people around us. We are doing this at Julius Marks Elementary, through our We Care Store, and by helping many other local missions and ministries.
Let God’s love spill out of you individually and as a part of TCCC onto everyone around you!