35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:35 – 40)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
Yasmin’s story of service to her family got us off to a great start yesterday. Thanks again Yasmin! Today we are going to turn our attention to Christian service in our communities and I am pleased that James has allowed me to tell his story.
I heard a Bible teacher say once that many people are excited about helping the world until they realize they have to deal with people. Serving people in our communities can be a daunting task but if not you, then who?
James’ Story of Service
James is an elder at Westside Community Church in Trinidad and has been participating in 40 days of Discipline since its inception almost 10 years ago. For an even longer period (since 2007), he has been volunteering with the St. James Police Youth Club (SJPYC) in Trinidad, including service as a Board member. The SJPYC serves at-risk and disadvantaged youth between the ages of 5 and 21. These young people are often forgotten by society until/unless their lives intersect with the criminal justice system. Without appropriate intervention, statistics say the outcome of their lives will be dismal. God uses people like James to change the statistics. James’ decision to serve is driven by a concern for these young people and builds on experience he gained working with at-risk youth in the cities of Oakland, California and New York. The spiritual dimension of his service is immense, as illustrated in our passage for today.
Please read the passage above and respond to the request and question below.
Request and Question:
- Please remember James in prayer.
- Do you have any lessons from serving in your community that other participants could benefit from?