Actions Expose Reality
When tornadoes hit the northeast part of Midlothian, Mike and John, two of my friends, waited ‘til the sirens stopped screaming and the first responders had skillfully met the immediate, life threatening needs. Then they got in their truck and headed for the leveled area. They drove past the more affluent sections where insurance appraisers were already on the spot.
“Hi, we’re just here to help. Can we lend a hand with the cleanup?” With heavy duty black garbage bags in hand they started picking up shingles driven six inches in the ground, drivers licenses, receipts, pieces of furniture, splintered 2x4s, and the rest of the haphazard assortment of debris that tornadoes scatter in their rage.
Mike and John know Jesus, and their actions proved it. If they had been living in the first century in the Jewish crowd that came down to the wilderness of the Jordan at the northern end of the Dead Sea, they would have done more than just listen when John responded to questions from the crowd.
“Then the crowd started asking questions. ‘Okay then, what are we supposed to do?’ He answered and said, ‘The person who has two tunics should give to the one who doesn’t have one. The one who has food should do the same.’” Luke 3:10-11
Mike and John helped clean up, but the churches of Midlothian, Ovilla, and the surrounding area packed food banks, gave clothes, and then, when I went to Rotary, John shared about his clean up expedition. Our club quickly responded with a cash donation—the kind of help that is most needed by some of the families
Luke shares with us that John the Baptist proclaimed that it was putting into action the 2nd greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself,” that prepared hearts for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus.
LORD, what an encouragement to be in Christ’s family with brothers like Mike and John, and a host of others who without saying a word got up and cleaned up. Continue to comfort those families whose lives will never be back together until the resurrection because they lost loved ones. I pray for friends who are police officers and fire fighters and elected officials who will have to down load some of the tough experiences they had in this crisis. Pour Your comfort into their lives today.
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