In Matthew 25:31-46 we find the challenging parable of the sheep and the goats. One of the key passages is as follows:
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"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.'
Whether we serve or fail to serve God in this way will depend not only on whether we serve people we meet, but whether we intend to put ourselves in a position where we meet and interact with people who need help in the first place. Intentionality is of great importance, as Adrian reminded us recently in his sermon.
I'm excited about the Community Lunch we have going each week. It's beginning to build a real community of people who eat together and talk with people from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances - and exciting opportunity for us to put ourselves in a position where we can serve God.
Perhaps you could come and be a part of this community too? Everyone is welcome. Or perhaps God is calling you to serve someone else in another place - how might you make yourself available to meet and serve people in new ways and so serve God? Are you willing to intend to make something happen?
We can all think and pray about how we can reach people with God's love in new ways, getting involved in Thy Kingdom Come this week is a great opportunity to get going.