Living Out First: Community First

Day 12: Matthew 25:31-39

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” - Matthew 25:35-36

We live in a “me” centered world. We are regularly bombarded with opportunities to think of what’s best for ourselves. How does this decision affect me? What is in this for me? Me. Me. Me. This “me” centered attitude makes it difficult to remain outward focused.

Jesus uses the familiar images of sheep and goats to paint a picture for his followers of what outward focus looks like. He describes the sheep as those who gave him something to eat and drink. The sheep invited him in and gave him clothes. They even looked after him when he was sick and visited him in prison. Listeners were shocked to learn those small acts of kindness actually mattered to Christ.

If we continue further, Jesus describes the goats as those who did exactly the opposite. Hearers were just as shocked to learn they had failed by not fulfilling these same responsibilities! There’s a powerful lesson in this illustration for the church today…

We must make the shift from “me” to “we."

One of our primary goals at CPC is to make a permanent shift from “me” to “we.” “Me” is exclusive. “We” is inclusive. “Me” is selfish. “We” is selfless. In 2018, we believe our “we” should expand to include our community. That’s why we’re engaging this year like never before. We are determined to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who need to know they matter to Him. 

It’s time for us to put our community first.

Each of us has the ability to connect with people who have a practical need. Today, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us see who we can help and what we can do. Maybe that’s the act he’ll use to expose someone to the love of Jesus. 

Ask yourself today: What is one practical need I could meet for someone I know this week? Who is that one person?