On The Road With Jesus
Written by Faith’ UMC’s Faith Kitchen Ministry Group
Scripture: 1 John 3:16-18 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.
Reflection: There are so many hungry people in our midst. Statistics reveal that there are 500.000 people, many of them children in Northeast Ohio that do not have enough to eat. There seems to be more people standing on the expressway ramps holding up signs revealing that they are jobless, hungry and in need of help. It would be so convenient to keep driving, pass judgment and hope someone else can help them today. Maybe even we could keep going and say a prayer. “ Oh Jesus please help them.” Everything will be alright now because as Christians we believe that God answers prayers.
But who does God use to answer prayers?
The answer is the person who is reading this devotion. Yes, YOU, a follower of Jesus. He implores us to love one another in all circumstances.
In what way is God calling you to love others?
There are responsibilities when you commit to following Jesus and let His love abide in your heart. Some of the ways you may love a stranger in need is to let them know you see their suffering. A gift card for a fast food restaurant, gloves, a bag filled with personal care items and snacks can be given to individuals standing on the road asking for help.
In what ways can you share the love of Christ?
Through the ministry of Faith Kitchen we have the opportunity to pour into the lives of those in need of the love of Christ and Christian community. When Jesus ask us to love our brothers and sisters He does not use words like empathize, or empower but asks us to show compassion and mercy on those in need.
In what ways have you experienced Seeing Christ Being Christ through compassion and mercy?
There are many scripture readings regarding Jesus and the road. Jesus appeared to His disciples on the road to Emmaus. Let us as followers be on the road with Jesus in ways that those that we encounter know that we see the suffering and have compassion in His name.
In what ways is God calling you to be on the road with Jesus this Holy Week?
Prayer: Loving and Compassionate God, as you have loved us help us to love others, not just in our words but in our actions. Help us to respond to your call to be on the road with Jesus so others will know that we see the suffering and will respond with compassion in Your name. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.
This Week’s Lenten Scripture Readings: 1 John 3:13-16, Matthew 21:1-11, Zechariah 9:9-10, Luke 19:39-40, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 24:13-35, Matthew 26:36-46
Prayer Focus: Pray for those who are suffering and in need of compassion, love, and mercy. Pray for God to show you how you can Be Christ and See Christ on the road with Jesus.
Family Connection: Gift Bags
Talk about what it would be like to be hungry or homeless. Perhaps fast from a meal and have the discussion while you are feeling the pangs of hunger. Share ideas of what kinds of things might be appreciated by someone who is hungry. Talk about ways that your family can respond with compassion to help others. Take a plastic zip bag and fill it with gift card, glove, snacks, and personal care items. Be ready to respond when you notice someone in need.
Faith’s Christian Education & Spiritual Formation ministry team will provide a weekly devotion written by some of Faith’s ministry teams to guide us in reflecting how we are Seeing Christ and Being Christ as we walk with Jesus during the season of Lent and Easter.
Additional resources for Holy Week and Easter for individuals and for families are available in the literature racks in the Gathering area and outside the Family Life Center as well as in Faith’s Library & Media Center and on our website: http://faithum.weebly.com/lent.html