Life180 is a ministry we have just started, where we ask people to take 180 minutes of a Saturday, and give people in our community some help. Obviously, it’s also about helping people turn a 180 and begin to follow Christ. So we help out and we share our faith. It might be cleaning up a yard, washing a house, doing almost any sort of work for them. We don’t provide money, just a helping hand for anyone in the community who needs it -the elderly, the poor, people in bad health, anyone. We “officially” set these work Saturdays aside in the church calendar, although occasionally an emergency might arise which causes us to move the day up, or have an impromptu Life180 project.
I’m not trying to brag, I just want you to get a glimpse of what Church is supposed to be about and hopefully one of our ideas might be useful to you in your church.
Here’s a letter we received at the church this week from a gentleman we had helped as part of our Life180 project. What did we do? We hauled a bunch a wood for him to use for the winter.
I’m sorry I took so long to write this card, but I did not and will not ferget what you all have don fer us out here. Yer kindness and thoughfulness has ment a awful lot to us. I won’t name names cause I don’t want to leave nobody out but thank you to everyone and who knos you may see me out ther wen I’m up to it. I’m gettin better every day. Thank you again it will not be forgoten.
Seventeen men showed up with pickups and trailers loaded with firewood. Enough to stock him up for the winter. We had cut it, split it, and loaded it on a Saturday morning when the temperature was about 8. Guys, there’s plenty to do in the kingdom of God besides all the “girly” jobs of teaching 3-4year olds or singing specials or cooking meals. There’s jobs for guys too. Looking after the people who need help, doing things to make your community a brighter place to be, putting other people ahead of yourself -even if it’s just for 180 minutes, that’s Christianity in it’s purest form.
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
And oh, you gotta read this! Jesus said
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Life180 isn’t all we do. I’m just using it as example. Whatever you do as a church, I firmly believe that while we are preaching the Gospel and encouraging people to “get saved,” that during all of that… we also have to BE Christians. And God not only cares about the poor and those who are struggling, but gets ticked off when his people ignore their plight. Just read Isaiah 58 where God tells the Israelites that he doesn’t answer their prayers because while they’re fasting and praying, they continue to take advantage of the poor and continue to exploit people with injustice. When Jesus tells the story above about people feeding the hungry and giving something to drink to the thirsty, he was using this as a measure by which people were allowed into heaven or kicked out into hell.
By our fruit people know us right? Jesus said you can tell who someone’s figurative Father is, by watching what they do…
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. -John 8:42-44
Jesus is really blunt when he wants to be. So is your church, are YOU, doing the things your Father desires? I mean I have to ask: Who’s your daddy?
yeah that was bad wasn’t it?
P.S. Feel free to start a Life180 at your church. I promise not to sue.