Love Thy Neighbor.
As you know, we’re engaging a spiritual discipline each month at Center City. Last month we focused on worship — knowing that the crucified and now resurrected Jesus is worthy of all of our worship. But worship that stays within the confines of a church or your own heart fails to be true worship. When we read a passage like Isaiah 58, we see that if our worship fails to lead to the good work of God’s kingdom, we’re entirely missing the point.
True worship always leads to service. So this month we’re going to “do service” or “be of service” corporately and individually.
I challenge you to find all the ways you engineer your life to serve yourself and deliberately unsettle that tidy order.
There are things you don’t even need to pray about before doing. God cares about widows and orphans and the oppressed. The prisoner and the leper. The lost and the lonely. You don’t have to fix everything. But do some good this month. The world needs it.
6 “No, this is the kind of fasting I want:
Free those who are wrongly imprisoned;
lighten the burden of those who work for you.
Let the oppressed go free,
and remove the chains that bind people.
7 Share your food with the hungry,
and give shelter to the homeless.
Give clothes to those who need them,
and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
8 “Then your salvation will come like the dawn,
and your wounds will quickly heal.
Your godliness will lead you forward,
and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.
9 Then when you call, the Lord will answer.
‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply.
Written by: Pastor Joseph