“This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.” 1 John 4:10
I heard the same message twice yesterday….and it bears repeating – as disciples we are called to show God’s love through out actions. We love God first – and then our actions reflect that love. It is not the actual action that is somehow earning us gold stars in the “How to Get to Heaven” column on a checklist; but the love behind those actions – that is what God wants us to show the world.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Annnnnd – actionchurch did that in a big, big way yesterday. I had the privilege of seeing the love on your faces as you brought your offerings to the table in the form of donations for our WEEK OF ACTION. I could feel the love that went into your choices of pretty and practical gifts. I got to hear the stories of how you decided, lovingly – what to give to others. It was a true reflection of Christ’s love and I can’t wait to see that love spread over the homeowners that we are going to serve in the coming week.
One of the best stories actually gave me goose-bumps. I arrived at church (early for me – but late for all the amazing actioncrew) to find a donation table already overflowing with wonderful gifts. And amongst that pile there were several adorable hand-made cards for our homeowners. It turns out that one of our actionkids has a big heart and a creative streak. Beautiful in their simplicity – they had perfectly penned little inspirational notes inside….”Sending warm thoughts of love, hope and peace your way” and “You are special, hang in there”. Out of the mouths of babes -and so perfectly On Brand for actionchurch – that I just had to share them with you.
I can’t begin to explain how those messages of love touched my heart -just as I am certain they will touch the lives of those we are reaching out to this week.
You see – love IS the action. It isn’t necessarily about picking up a hammer or donating a case of Gatorade. It isn’t about the type or quantity of the gift. It isn’t about the value of the gift….It’s about the love BEHIND the gift. I am loving how all of you have shown your love for Home Helps. Remember to keep showing your love in action every day – but especially this week as we reach out to help our neighbors in need – let our actions reflect Christ’s love.
“Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14