Monday, September 25, 2006

Serving Others.

This Saturday we took a group students from our high school ministry at church into the inner city of West Palm Beach to go and serve a local church. Through our partners at Urban Youth Impact and long time friend, Chris Tress we were able to connect with Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church. The church location is just a few blocks from a notorious gang infested neighborhood and in the center of an impoverished crime ridden community. We took our Calvary Cruiser down and started our project around 9 am. As we were painting, the leadership of the small church was serving local homeless and under privileged folks inside with their weekly soup kitchen outreach. Our teenagers were unbelievable as they worked tirelessly and finished the project at around 12:30 pm! When we were finished we were able to connect with some of the people from the neighborhood and a few of us even played some hoops (I was named "Bird" by the locals). All of this to say what a blessing it is to go and serve. You see, the word serve is used in the Bible to describe the heart and action of Jesus. When He washed His disciples feet in John 13 He told them "to do as I do". This was the only time in the Bible Jesus said do as I do. He never said it when He was healing the sick, or walking on water or even supernaturally feeding thousands. Just when He was humbly serving others. He proclaimed in the New Testament "the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many". That is why we served this weekend. Because it's what Jesus did. It's what we are supposed to do.


At 9/25/2006, Blogger Bryon Mondok said...



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