Today as I led chapel I was tasked with kicking off our Kids Against Hunger program here at St. Peters Lutheran Church. I was excited for this as I have been planning for almost 6 months the work we are going to do for this project. I am excited to see God at work through this project with families and our youth.
Today, I also gave the message on Matthew 25:31-40 in chapel. I was reminded, as I was reading the text about the importance of the Gospel in Matthew 25. It is so easy with these verses to go strait to the law and guilt them into feeding the poor because that is what the Christians do. However when you read text closely I am reminded that even my good deeds are prepared for me by Jesus. You see I don’t do good because I am a good Christian. I do good because Christ is working through me. I do good because Jesus has prepared me to do good and is working through me to do good.
So as we raise funds, pack meals and pray for those in our community and world who are hungry and in need of food I am excited at how God will use me and others. As we raise funds over the next month and April 23rd pack meals for the hungry children and families in our community and world we are reminded that our work here is about Jesus’ work through us. It is not about law or our work, but about what Jesus has done for us and through us.
So I am asking those in my community to join us as we follow Jesus in the work he has prepared for us. For those of you in other communities what is Jesus leading you to do today and how can you be a part of it?