Pasadena Faith In Action 2013
This morning, trucks loaded with construction materials headed to homes across the city of Pasadena, Texas. It was an amazing sight to see! Christians from many Pasadena churches came together to help our neighbors in need. Activities included everything from yard work to major home repairs.
Our site was blessed with Christians from 4 churches who worked together with the homeowner to replace cedar shingles on a home with hardiplank siding, scraping & painting the house, and replacing a door and the flooring under the doorway.
What I saw more than anything today was hope… Hope in the eyes of the homeowner as she saw repairs happening on her home and participated with us in transforming her home’s appearance. Hope in the hearts of those who worked together as their love for God overflowed into love for neighbor. Hope for a future generation that lived out their faith today.
One precious moment in the day was a conversation between two elementary aged children as they scraped paint in preparation for painting the house…
“Why do we have to scrape? My arm is tired. Can’t we just paint?”
“It’s like when you have nail polish on and you want to change colors. You have to take the old polish off first or the new polish won’t be as pretty.”
They were so precious and worked so hard!
Our luncheon devotion written by Ron Lyles, the pastor of South Main Baptist Church, captured the essence of the day perfectly…
We are seemingly quite busy people. Most of us have plenty of other things that we could be doing today or need to get done today. We chose instead to do what we are doing. Why did we make that choice? It is because we are people of faith, faith in a God who loves us and has shown His love for us in Jesus.
This Pasadena Faith in Action Day is about showing our community what we are always sharing with them. God loves people in this world, and so we love people in this world, people in our world, that is our community.
The Bible does not allow us to choose between declaring our love for others and demonstrating our love for others. The apostle James expresses it most clearly.
- In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17
James would be proud of us today because we are putting our Christian faith into Christian action.
As we put our faith into action today, we boldly affirm two powerful attitudes or perspectives. They are unity and humility.
We will let Paul speak for us here. Ephesians 4: 1-6
As a prisoner for the Lord, then I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit- just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Today we work out of our one faith in the one God that we love. We are members of one body of Christ with one purpose, to offer our one service in the power of one Spirit.
During the last week of His earthly life Jesus served others with complete humility. He washed dusty feet of His disciples. The humility in His service to others in practical ways is a worthy pattern for us to follow. Paul expressed that attitude most beautifully in Philippians 2: 3-8.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made I human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross!
What a privilege we have today to be walking in the footsteps of Jesus, our supreme example, as we put faith into action by serving others. (Used with permission)
Today was a day of unity and hope in the city of Pasadena Texas! I am filled with gratefulness for the many who participated and pray for continued blessings for the families that allowed us to enter their lives for a day and put our Faith Into Action.