HERE IS AN EXCERPT from the letter we received from the Executive Director of CREC.
“Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church realized the value of taking an idea and transforming it into reality. You answered a call to action when we opened a hurricane relief center and supported us with donations, volunteers, temporary housing and encouragement…Thanks to you and other deserving organizations, the people we served are adjusting well to their new lives here.”
There were several thoughts that went through my mind as I read this letter.
Good Works lead to Good Will – We live in a day when the word “evangelical” means different things to different people. Obviously, in some circles the word “evangelical” is not a respected title. To be honest, we have created the impression that it is a word that has more to do with politics than it does the gospel. In fact, some evangelical leaders have wondered if the label has been so damaged that we need to think of another word to better describe who we are.
And yet, there may be another way forward. Instead of abandoning the title “evangelical” we can redefine it for people by the way we live and love. How do we reshape the image of what it means to be “evangelical”? By doing what we just did.
We have said it many times around here: “Good Works lead to Good Will and Good Will opens doors for Good News.” When I read this letter from the Executive Director of CREC, I was glad that the word “Evangelical” was still in the name of our church. Clearly in this circle of people, some good will was gained, and a door is now opened to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to you Father who is in heaven.”
The Ongoing Need for Mercy – It was a joy to be part of this community-wide effort to assist in meeting a definite need. It was encouraging to see so many from WEFC participate in some way to help meet this need.
And yet, I couldn’t help but recognize how some needs easily catch our attention while others go unnoticed day after day. Rightfully so, there was an army of volunteers ready to assist those who were displaced by the hurricane in Puerto Rico. But what about those who quietly suffer from one thing or another day after day? Clearly, you can’t do everything. But perhaps a question we can each ask is, “What is mine to do?”
Extending mercy is more than a project. It is a way of life. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
The Ultimate Recognition - Admittedly, it was nice to receive recognition and appreciation. Though, the greater appreciation ought to be for CREC and the way they facilitated meeting this massive need. They did a wonderful job.
But receiving this recognition reminded me of our ultimate desire. Someday we want to hear Jesus say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Jesus says it this way in Matthew 25:40, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Did what? Clothe the naked. Feed the hungry. Visit the prisoner. Give drink to the thirsty.
Keep “Crossing the Bridge!”
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