On November 25, members of the Community Ministries Team share a message on James 2:14-17.
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
I used to think about mission as the act of helping the less fortunate. I live in a nice home, able to take a day or two off of work, drive to a poor part of town and paint a home, then come home satisfied that I helped someone less fortunate than me.
The importance of mission changed on a trip to Victoria last year after Hurricane Harvey hit. Oak Hill UMC sent a large team for a few days to work on the homes of Pablo and Andrea.
I was so busy worrying about getting a floor replaced that I lost track of why we were there. Mission is not about “being grateful for what we have,” but more being grateful about life and trusting that God has your back. Mission is not the rich helping the poor, but being with God as we help one another.
We do not get a choice. This is not an option. We are commanded to be in service. We get to choose how to serve.