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Dream Big, and the Least of These

Posted: 8/5/19 at 11:00am. Post by Tony Brooks.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

Sunday School/Bible study should lead our members to see people with God’s eyes. Some in our society discern whether to care or not based on socio-economic level, race, and appearance.

We are called to look at the heart and see every person as a child of God.

Though some may not feel comfortable at first coming to your church for Bible study, they may join you for a home Bible study or one in their community. First, they need to see you care—with Jesus’ compassion. When you do, you are ministering to Jesus himself, whether they come to your church or not.

On Saturday, August 3, I saw Matthew 25:40 in action at Moffett Memorial Baptist Church in Danville. They decided a few years ago to help underprivileged children in their community prepare for school with new shoes, socks, backpacks, and school supplies.

They had heard the story of Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme from Nigeria, who was challenged by a Christian missionary as a child to “dream big dreams.” He did, and as a Christian businessman years later, God led him to a special ministry to give shoes to all children who need them. Here is the link to learn a lot more.

Here is how the church does it: They publicize and register children a month in advance to get the right shoe sizes and colors for their order. (They had 303 children!) They are given a time on a specific Saturday to come. They are brought into the chapel in small groups with their families. Then Janet Hilliard shares “Manny’s story” and God’s story with passion to the children.

Once they have heard the story, they go to a larger room where volunteers of all ages are set up to meet each child, wash their feet, give them their socks and new shoes. They then pray over each child and send each one to get their school backpack with school supplies inside.

Rev. Jonathan Hilliard speaks to a youth during the foot-washing ceremony.

Reverend Jonathan Hillard, Senior Pastor, shared with me how this really energizes the church. He asked me to pray for the volunteers while they were waiting on the next group to come in. What an honor!

It just so happens they provide lunch on Saturdays throughout the year. They had the lunch set up downstairs for anyone who wanted a meal. As I consider this day, I am reminded that volunteers washed Jesus’ feet, provided a meal to Jesus, and set the example for all churches. What should you take away from reading this post?

Are your classes involved in a service project in the community? As I have shared before: every class should have an ongoing service project in the community. Some of your members may not feel comfortable sharing in class, but they may be ready to serve alongside you!

When class members are involved in a service project with you, they are more likely to be invested in the class. People who feel they have something to contribute with a group will be more engaged in everything you do.

Whatever you choose to do through service in the community…remember you are serving Christ! These are sacred moments to remind us every day we can serve Jesus.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

Brooks-TonyTony Brooks is our Sunday School/Discipleship Specialist and Field Strategist for the Southside Region. You may email him at tony.brooks@bgav.org. Follow Tony on Twitter: @TonyBrooks7