...by your love.
We've realized something over the last couple of days. Maybe this is more of a personal revelation for me (Dani) because I tend to be task-oriented.
But this is the truth of Service in His name. They won't know that we're Christians by the houses we build, the lots we clear, the food we serve, although that's all good stuff, that's not our real witness. They will KNOW about Christ because of our love.
1 Corintihians 13 says: "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."
Just serving is not enough. The grass that we cut today will grow back and homes that we work on will eventually need more work. What lasts is out attitudes while we serve. Does our service "profit us" because of the attitude with which we perform it?
SO here is our high call, how they will know that we know Christ's disciples. 1 Corinthians continues:
"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
Little bit of a high call there - I'm not gonna lie, I'm intimidated by the immensity of it. But we can do all things through Christ... He's our Hope - whether we need a new house for the first time or just the strength to get through today.
God is working in New Orleans!