As I’m sitting here writing this article, Hurricane Florence is moving across the state of North Carolina. Wind and rain have been the lead story on the news stations around the country. As I was watching some of the reports, I saw many people going out of their way to serve others. One of the groups caught my attention as they are from my home state of Louisiana. Here’s a quick example on how you can serve your community
Matthew 7: 15-20 — “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits, you will know them.”
Here are people who bring their boats and go out in the storm and rescue people trapped in their homes due to the storm and rising waters.
Accepting The Call To Serve Your Community
Wikipedia has this to say about them.
“The Cajun Navy are informal ad-hoc volunteer groups comprising private boat owners who assist in search and rescue efforts in Louisiana and adjacent areas. These groups were formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and reactivated in the consequences of the 2016 Louisiana floods, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence. They are credited with rescuing thousands of citizens during those disasters.”
James 4: 17 tells us, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is a sin.”
When was the last time you had the opportunity to do something that you knew was the right thing to do and you didn’t do it? It shouldn’t take Hurricane season (June – November) to have people serving other people. Now don’t get me wrong, there are hundreds of thousands of people helping others every day. However, there are billions of people on the planet. We should be people employed in the work of God and serving others.
How You Can Serve Your Community
Matthew 28: 16-20 reads:
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
That call looks to be an everyone/everyday calling. The next time you have the chance to do something for the Glory of God, do it. You don’t need to be in front of a camera, or all have the same shirts on. Just do it because God has called you do so.
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