by Andy Smith
In one year in Guilford County alone, about 3,800 individuals experience homelessness. Over 2,000 of those individuals are children, over 120 are victims of domestic violence, and over 430 are veterans who have protected our freedoms. These people have become the outcasts of our society, the poor, the overlooked, the hungry, the sick.
And these are the people Jesus would be hanging out with today.
In Matthew 25:35 Jesus directly compares serving the least of society to serving Him saying, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father…For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me.” This selfless, servant attitude is essential to following Christ and reinforced throughout the Bible in passages such as 1 John 3:17 stating, “if anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?”
Outside the doors of our church there is an enormous opportunity to fulfill this biblical mandate. Our church body can volunteer at hands-on relational ministries helping those in crisis. We can support para-church ministries by working the frontlines with our prayer, time, and money. We can rake leaves so the children at a half-way-house can play on their swing set. We can be on the lookout for those begging on street corners, sleeping outside, or even a neighbor falling behind on payments and serve them as we would Jesus. We can help at our businesses by providing work for those in need of it; the possibilities to serve are diverse and endless when God is involved!
If we look closely, each one of us will start to see the people and situations in our lives to which God has called, and gifted us, to serve him here in Greensboro. Please join us as we take steps as a local church to give real meaning to being the hands and feet of Jesus.
If you’re ready to show love for the homeless and poor of our city, begin by filling out the interest form below. Andy Smith is a Covenant Member of Mercy Hill Church and champions our community ministry to the homeless.