Today at Christ Methodist Church’s 91st anniversary service, Bishop Dr Gordon Wong reminded us that when we give to someone in need, we are giving to God. As Jesus said, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Mt.25:40).
This is a timely reminder especially during a time like this when so many have suffered as a result of the pandemic. God’s heart is for those who are poor, hungry, thirsty, sick, incarcerated, lonely and troubled in any way.
James said succinctly, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (Jas.1:27)
The mission of the church is clearly to take care of those who are in need and that includes taking care of their spiritual needs.
James said pure religion includes keeping oneself from being polluted by the world – that means to keep oneself from sin which destroys our souls and separates us eternally from the God who made us and loves us.
The church must therefore not only meet the emotional and economic needs of the people around us but also share the gospel of Christ which brings liberty from the bondage of sin so that people are no longer polluted by sin and separated from God.
Paul said, “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2Cor.5:19,20)
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors to bring good news to the economically, emotionally and spiritually impoverished. That’s the heart of the Christian faith and the core mission of the church!
When the church embraces her true calling, we are wholeheartedly offering the Lord our spiritual worship which brings honour and glory to Him!