Light to the Community

Light to the Community

By Dale Lennon - Helensvale Campus  Pastor
At Helensvale we have kicked off our Community Panty!

It will be operating every Wednesday of the year out of HV campus from 9:30am-11:30am in partnership with the Pottsville Pantry.

It is exciting to be at the beginning of something that I believe will be of great benefit to our local community and will also enable us to further connect with them relationally.

I have been conscious as we have been praying for this to begin, as we serve our community we are serving Jesus.

Jesus talked of this when discussing the righteous and the evidence of righteousness in their lives come judgement.

Matthew 25:31-40:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 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, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

Jesus goes on to say in contrast how the unrighteous, the goats are those who do not do this.

We have a responsibility as Christians to help those in need, we cannot do everything and we are also not equipped to look after every need of those that we come across.

Though I am encouraged that when we do these things we are serving our Lord and Saviour and bringing Him glory. We are fulfilling greatest commandments.

Wherever you are this week and whatever you are doing, my prayer for us is that we would stay clear on our purpose, to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbour as ourselves (Matt 22:37-38; Mark 12:30-31; Luke 10:27).

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