As a former paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, I know that little things do matter. It came home to me while packing a buddy’s footlocker to send home to his family because his main parachute didn’t open and he’d failed to open his reserve chute — a “little thing” that took his life. Are there little things in our lives that we do or don’t do that could make a difference for Heaven?
Being part of the Southern Union Year of Evangelism and having spent 40 years in literature evangelism, I was thrilled when I visited several Camp Meetings this past summer and saw the interest in evangelism. I heard some beautiful soul-winning stories about how God is using people to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m learning that the root of evangelism is love.
Having served as chaplain for the Georgia-Cumberland singles ministries, I was happy when I heard about a church couple who reached out to a man whose wife had left him. He was so broken that he was talking of leaving the church. So, the church couple started hosting a social every Saturday night at their home for him. Among the guests were his sister and son, who were not attending church. As the socials continued, the man formed a relationship with a wonderful woman. And, his sister said she is grateful for the friendship that she, her brother, and her son were shown at the socials. The hosting couple told me that it’s important to wrap everyone, especially the hurting, in God’s love — a little thing, but big for Heaven.
I know there are persons who have lost mates to death and divorce, and appear to be doing fine. If they are fine, they probably have a good walk with the Lord and family or friends nearby. But, what about those who don’t have those relationships for whatever reason? In volume 6 of the Testimonies, page 21, it says: “God has placed among us … the unfortunate … the suffering. They are Christ’s legacy to His Church … to be cared for .… In this way God takes away the dross and purifies the Gold, giving us that culture of heart and character which we need.” Are we doctors and nurses in God’s hospital of life, or are we just spectators?
God is trying to help us to see His hurting children. They’re not perfect, but He’s asking us to show them His love. I’m praying that people of any culture, race, or need will feel like a Methodist pastor did when an Adventist walked into the room: “Now there’s someone who loves Jesus!” His love says that I love you more than I love myself.
In a world where you can be anything, why not be the love of Christ in shoes in your church? I know singles who would be excited if invited to a family event like Christmas, Thanksgiving, game night, or a Sabbath gathering. Try inviting someone you don’t know. If there’s one thing I’ve heard from single people, it is that they’re lonely. Showing them love is a little thing, but one that I believe they will remember for a long time.
Southern Union | October 2019