We are Blessed to be a Blessing!!
God blesses us in order that we may be a blessing to others. All of us have been given something that we can share with others. If we don’t take the opportunities we have to be a blessing, and instead squander or hoard these for ourselves, they will eventually be taken from us.
If you are wanting genuine vitality in your spiritual walk with God, perhaps it’s time for action; time to provide acts of kindness for others. When we focus on ourselves and our own problems and frustrations too much, our spiritual energy becomes drained. Serving others in Christ-like ways can light a spark in our own spiritual life. James 2:20 says “Faith without deeds is useless.” To have a vibrant walk with God, takes more than belief – it takes action.
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King (Jesus) will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:37-40
When we respond to others, we are responding to Jesus. When people come into the church looking for help the above words of Jesus come to my mind. Even when I am pretty certain that I am having the wool pulled over my eyes, I try always to err on the side of grace. I am helping for the right reasons and if that person is not telling the truth, that is between them and God. I am not going to take the chance of turning away Jesus.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it very well in his book, ‘The Cost of Discipleship’: “The bearers of Jesus’ word receive a final word of promise for their work. They are now Christ’s fellow workers, and will be like him in all things. Thus they are to meet those to whom they are sent as if they were Christ himself. They are bearers of his presence. They bring with them the most precious gift in the world, the gift of Jesus Christ.”
We are Christ bearers before others in our homes, in the church, in school, at work, and in the communities in which we live. What would happen, if every day, we were always conscious of this truth and did our best to put it into practice? We are Christ’s hands and feet to be a blessing to all those we come in contact with.
If you have not already come to the realization, may you recognize that you are Jesus’ hands and feet. May God give you a heart of compassion and a desire to serve others.
Rev. Meridyth Robertson
First Presbyterian Church
Family Camp September 6th – 8th
This year’s theme is “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” John 14:6
Families, Individuals and church friends are welcome to attend.
Registration forms are available at the church office.
Registration forms are due in the office before September 1st.
Any questions please call 250-368-6066 or stop by between 8am -12pm (noon) Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Unity Within the Church
The church lives to praise God. We have no higher calling than to offer the worship that belongs to God day by day, Sunday by Sunday. Through the preaching of the Word and the celebration of the Sacraments, in praise, prayer, teaching and fellowship, God sustains the life of the church.
(Living Faith, 7.3.1–7.3.2)