Celebrate & Serve (Operation Care)

Celebrate & Serve (Operation Care)

Uniting as ONE can be a powerful front.  Anything can be achieved if you unite together and act and think as “one,” whether it be to build up or to destroy.  In Acts 19 Paul is confronted by a city who believes he is corrupting their life, turning them away from their goddess Diana.  Acts 19:29 reads, “So the whole city was filled with confusion rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Paul’s travel companions.”  Clearly we see the dangers and destructive things that can happen when people unite as one.  That is the call for us Christians, to unite as one to advance the Kingdom.  The day of Pentecost happened because followers were of “one” accord (Acts 2).  So I was thrilled to see our church come together as one this past week.  I first saw this at volunteer night at Southside Elementary.  I don’t think any members of our church have a child at the school, but united as one and packed out the room—it sent a powerful message.  Then a large group united to help paint a house at Operation Care.  Not only did we unite within ourselves, but we united with another church (Southeast Christian Church).  We were of one heart, one soul, and one mind.  We served alongside each other with the sole purpose of showing Christ’s love, of being His ambassador.  Power is seen and felt when we serve together.

And when we serve together, much is accomplished and the fruits of our labor are seen.  We are told to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit those in poor.  Operation Care has a great ministry to help the needy.  They provide a transitional home to a needy family; but why stop there?  Why not paint the inside, then paint the outside, and add a little landscape?  As Christ laid down his life for us, why not set aside our own life to give the best we possibly can?  Christ calls us to a higher standard and I will strive to live my life to that standard and do it with joy because Christ set me free!  Serving at Operation Care was a great time, filled with genuine love and service and I can’t wait to do it again!

-jeff bracken