Challenge to love and care for community
In the book of Acts, 11 men went forward to speak life into the broken-hearted. In the natural, their leader had just been killed, but in the supernatural, he was risen and alive.
These 11 men were empowered to speak the word. They wanted to change the atmosphere around them, and take Jesus's parting words to heart. "Take this gospel into all the world."
I believe the key word for them was "intentional," and without fear, they shared the good news with anyone who would listen. How effective were they? Acts 2 says in one meeting, 3,000 were converted as believers that day. I would say that was a great message preached that day, wouldn't you? It was a powerful moment in the early church.
Something changed. They began to give of themselves, and live for others. They set an example of loving people through their faith and giving hearts. In verses, it says they sold all they owned, and gave willingly. Truly a far cry from today, as we protect all we have, take little time for others and protect our own turf. I am guilty; we all are at times.
The apostle Peter in Acts 3, when asked by a cripple who was begging for money on the steps of the temple, said, money I don't have, but "I give you what I have." The cripple was healed and able to join the community once more. Peter gave what he had, and it was enough. Kind of funny. When Peter spoke into this man's life, it was noticed by onlookers who witnessed it. They were amazed by this act of kindness. This is who we should be, a people speaking into our neighbors' and friends' lives. When was the last time you took time?
Here we live in a community that is unique and different in its culture, its needs and its blessings. I believe we are a close-knit society that prides itself on giving a hand up. Consider the winter shelter which began this past year, and we lost not one person on the street. It is one way that this community reached out.
What if our mindset carried over to our neighborhood? How would that look? Maybe inviting neighbors over for a barbecue. What if you mowed your neighbor's lawn, or had a movie night in your back yard? Radical? — maybe.
On Aug. 3, there will be an event in Sahalee Park where this community tries to model these principles, to care about people all day long, to feed them, to give haircuts, family photos, etc. Last year, 55 new bikes were given away to kids who were in need. This day, we sell out to serve you with no strings attached.
We simply wish to change the atmosphere, by loving and caring for our community. I ask you, doesn't it make sense to be a part of something fun and meaningful? We, as a community, are so special here, that we wish to make this day stand out as to what we can and should be.
It's about being intentional here in this place we call "community." Come join us, and be a part of something.
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