One of the best ways to meet different people, and show them the winsomeness of Christ is to get involved in community boards and teams. This can be so powerful for the simple fact that many people have never met – in their entire life – a gospel-transformed Christian. Never. Ever. Can you imagine that? And yet it’s true.
Getting involved this way is doubly useful, because we are commanded by God to seek our city’s welfare:
Jeremiah 29:7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
So one of the ways you can meet people and “bring Christ” into their world, and seek our city’s welfare at the same time, is by serving alongside them, in some community effort. It’s very easy, actually. There are two steps:
- You must be a Christian.
- You must show up.
Really. That’s it.
Because if you have the Spirit within you, you will bring Christ with you, into that board room. Christ IN YOU is the hope of glory (Col. 1:27). And you will walk into a room with people who have never, ever known any hope of glory. Or if they did, it died when they were cut from the Junior High basketball team. And you will walk into that room with wisdom that you didn’t know you had, simply by being acquainted with God, and His Word, and His people.
So, where to start? Well, here’s a few places:
- I noted that our Sacramento County Supervisor’s web page (Don Nottolli) has links to a number of community boards that need people. This could be a great place to start. Take a look: https://www.saccounty.net/CountyDepartments/Pages/BoardsCommissions.aspx
- A charity will be gathering gifts and food in our church parking lot this Sunday, at 3 pm. I invite you to help. Here is more information: https://fb.me/e/4F9i1UNKI
- Because of COVID, the city is not doing “shelter in place” programs for homeless people this year. But a group IS taking food boxes to homeless encampments, with the EGPD. They’re called the Elk Grove HART (Homeless Assistance Resources Team), and their phone number is 916-623-5858.
- Currently they need home baked cookies individually wrapped.
- They also need winter gloves.
- Due to COVID they are limiting the number of people doing the deliveries and they must be over 18 years old.
- They also need mentors at their two transition homes, one for singles and one for families.
- They can also use help moving large items on at different times – for example, when someone donates furniture to one of their families.
- One of our own, Leo Plumley, helps with the Elk Grove Food Bank. You might contact him for more information about helping out these days. Here’s their website: http://www.elkgrovefoodbank.org. And here’s a link to their “Run 4 Hunger”: https://www.egrun4hunger.com.
If you are not already involved like this, I invite you to prayerfully consider these, or others that come your way.
We will be reminded this Sunday that these don’t earn us anything with God. But they can be tracks for our faith, working itself out in love, to run on, in our city.