When the prophet Micah told his people how to practice faith, he told them to do justice and to love mercy (Micah 6:8); When Jesus was asked about ultimate matters, part of his response was “to love your neighbor as yourself.” Practicing justice and doing acts of mercy and service put flesh on God’s love. Caring for others in Jesus’ name in active, tangible ways 1) incarnates Christ’s presence and heart to others; 2) helps those we serve in places where they truly hurt and have need, and, 3) is a witness to those who are watching from the sidelines about the integrity and heart of Jesus’ followers. Jesus didn’t only address the spiritual needs of the people he met. His was a high-touch, hands-on ministry that addressed human needs for health, wholeness and inclusion. The maturing disciple seeks to serve as Jesus served.Part of the disciples’ job description is to serve for the sake of others.
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