In the last few months, due to Covid-19 and the financial challenges it has caused in many people’s lives, there have been more opportunities than usual for Recovery Church to show the love of God in practical ways. Personally, the pandemic has served as a reminder to me that this is what we are called to do a believers in Jesus Christ.
Pastors are notorious for having ‘coffee meetings’ with people from church and I, 100%, fall into that category! I am a big coffee fan and love talking with people! However, after having served people in more practical ways, I have seen that people feel genuinely loved and cared for to a much greater degree when you serve them in this way.
‘My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.’ - 1 John 3:18.
On Sunday nights at Recovery Church we are typically ministering to people’s spiritual needs through worship, the Word and prayer, but so often during the week, many people’s needs are practical.
When we look at the life of Jesus, we see Him meeting people’s spiritual needs, whether it’s delivering someone from demon possession, or giving a prophetic word, but He also fed the 5,000 when they were hungry and turned water into wine so the wedding celebration could continue.
I can remember 12 years ago when I tore my ACL and meniscus in my right knee while playing basketball. I was on the mission field at the time and the short version of the story is that I needed a substantial amount of money to pay for my surgery and I didn’t have enough. I asked various churches if they would be able to help financially and that I would pay them back. Many church’s said they would pray for me. Christian Life Assembly said they would help pay for my surgery as one of their missionaries and a son in the faith who was in a difficult position. When I got that response in the hospital in Bangkok, Thailand I wept. I discovered in that moment who truly ‘cared for and loved’ me. It was an incredible blessing that I will never forget.
As Recovery Church plans to have physical gatherings with 50 people starting this month, one of our focuses will be discovering what people’s practical needs are and doing our best to help.