Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor – Meeting the Need
Key Bible Verse: Seeing the people, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited. – Matthew 9:36, NASB
Dig Deeper: Matthew 9:35-38
A Sunday school class planned a ministry activity to sort and organize items donated to a shelter for battered women. The shelter is a secret location where women and children stay, temporarily when they have escaped dangerous living situations. They often bring few items with them—and have nothing with which to care for themselves or their children. People from the community donate clothing and useful items, but the shelter staff was too busy to organize them and use them.
So the Sunday school class from a local church sorted and rearranged the sheds and listed what was available. They found many items the shelter and its residents needed immediately.
As they worked, some of them talked with women who were staying at the shelter. Others talked with the children. At the end of the day, they joined hands and prayed with the supervisor of the center. To follow up, one person from the class found donated Bibles for the women to read at the shelter and take with them as they leave.
—Bob Moffitt in If Jesus Were Mayor
My Response: What needs similar to the one above could my Sunday school class or men’s group help meet? How could I motivate others to join in this act of service?
Thought to Apply: Only a life lived in service to others is worth living.—Albert Einstein (theoretical physicist)
Adapted from If Jesus Were Mayor (Monarch, 2006).
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the needs of my neighbors; move my heart to reach out, serve, and share your love in everyday ways.