Friday was a good day. Actually, it usually is a good day. I often get to take the day off and I usually get to spend it with Martha. We look forward to our Fridays.
This past Friday was particularly good.
Many of you know I emphasize the unity, harmony, and service of the church. I encourage small group Bible Studies (we call these Bible Fellowship Groups) and I encourage the emphasis of the church as the body of Christ.
This past Friday I saw all of that come to fruition. Almost everywhere I turned I saw the body of Christ at work, ministering in His name.
It started with going to a local hospital and visiting two families with new babies. One baby is a healthy little boy and the other is a premature girl with serious difficulties. In each case, the church–primarily but not exclusively through Bible Fellowship Groups–has ministered in the name of Christ. Each family expressed what the church has meant to them.
If that is all that had happened Friday, it would have been a good day.
From there, I dropped by the church building to check in at my office. As I left the building, I saw our deacon chairman headed to his car. He had given his week to minister to our children at their summer camp–a great example of New Testament deacons. World Changers finished their week of intense ministry on Friday as well. We also have a mission team in Bogota, Columbia, teaching English as a second language and sharing their faith in Christ.
Later, I called to talk with a family who lost a loved one. The woman I talked with expressed how deacons, pastors, and her Bible Fellowship Group had been a blessing to her family.
The day became even better.
My Friday ended with a phone call from a different woman who is taking care of aging parents. Some of the men of her Bible Fellowship Group rented a rental truck, drove to Baton Rouge, and packed up her parents and brought them to our area. Then 13 other members met them at the new home to unpack and provide care and nurture for this elderly couple.
Our member on the phone said, “All I could do was cry and say ‘thank you.’ ”
By the time I finished that phone call, I couldn’t wait for the next call about how God’s people are going about doing God’s work.
God has called you and me to be the church. He has called us to love, serve, and minister in His name.
Wherever you live, please find a group through which you learn to be the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus.
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