About a year ago, my wife and I decided to buy a home within the city of Greensboro. The home was custom built for the previous homeowners. So naturally, we appreciated some features of the house while other features made us scratch our heads to question what they had in mind.
We have made progressive changes to some of the features, and we still have more work to do in the future. Some of the work we’ve done already is noticeably different from when we originally moved in. Each change we make has its own particular story within the bigger story of our household.
On July 30th, hundreds of people served the Triad community during Mercy Hill’s Serve Saturday initiative. In a single day, a wide variety of needs were met through the support of organizations such as the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission, Hannah’s Haven, and Jackson Middle School. In addition, many others chose to serve at our Clifton Road campus that will launch this September.
The progress of the work achieved from the morning of Serve Saturday to the evening could be described as follows: noticeable, significant, distinct, marked, evident, undeniable, apparent, and clear. In fact, some of these are the actual descriptions for Saturday’s accomplishments given by participants and partners. Yet, these words alone cannot tell the entire story about Serve Saturday’s purpose, impact, or achievements.
Like Serve Saturday, every Mercy Hill serve initiative is gospel-motivated by the two-fold distinctive of word and deed. This is because the gospel is the announcement (word) about the finished work (deed) of God in Christ Jesus and the cleansing work of the Spirit of God in us. Both word and deed are inseparable, because good works, which are godly, are never separated from the gospel. For this reason, the earthly and kingdom impact through the people of Mercy Hill upon our partners and others throughout the Triad community is limitless. You see, God decided for others to notice Him by sending the people that He worked to change to serve and tell His story to others.
During the best sermon ever preached, Jesus taught that the service (i.e. good works) of His disciples should be on display in the world for the purpose of God’s glory when He said this in Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV):
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Have you ever considered what the purpose of your life should serve? Do you give thought to the impact of a life lived for God upon others? Do you tend to serve your interests alone while neglecting the witness of serving alongside others?
As experienced first-hand last Saturday, the work of progress was noticeable to others because hundreds of people were scattered across the Triad. And good works still remain if others are to notice God’s glory. Knowing this, may we long for the day when thousands of people within hundreds of groups are scattered across the Triad serving others through good works in the light of the gospel for the purpose of God’s glory.
-Gary Rivers (Associate Campus Pastor)
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