The Little Things We Do In His Name...
by Marsha Mundy
My name is Marsha Mundy and I am a free lance writer. I have been married for more than 40 years. I am a pastor's wife, mother of two grown sons and grandmother of five.
My Christian walk has taken me over many bumpy roads and through many valleys, but I have learned that God is faithful even when I'm not.
I enjoy sharing my life experiences with those who are searching for ways to put their faith into practice.
Over the years, God has been working in my life, teaching me practical ways
that I can apply His word to my life. I have had so many experiences that it's hard to find just one that points to Jesus as the redeemer and an ever present help in times of trouble.
For example, I lost my job a couple months ago. But, I know that God is going to provide for me during this time of transition.
Since I've lost my job, I've been focusing on what I can do to advance the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord has shown me that it's the little things we do in His name that matter the most.
Come with me on a journey through some of the "little things" that God has led me to do, and that I've witnessed other Christians do to advance God's Kingdom. Then, ask yourself, "What can I do to share glorify God in my home and community?"
I have had time to clean my house of clutter, and many things I have been holding onto need to go. Instead of having a yard sale, I gathered up some of the nicest things and donated them to a local Christian thrift shop.
The owner of the shop is an evangelist and he shared his views with me about giving. He says that everyone wants to be able to give to others. When people come to the thrift shop or food pantry, he encourages them to take something with them to give to someone else.
The way that he put it was that everyone who comes through the door is the same in God's eyes. Both those donating to the store and those who come there with needs. Many of the folks who have benefited from the food pantry are now volunteers who want to experience the joy of giving back to others in their community.
I am friends with two very sweet Christian ladies who have taken the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35-46 very seriously. Jesus tells us that when He was hungry we fed Him, when He was thirsty we gave Him something to drink, when He was a stranger He was received into homes, when He was naked He was clothed, when He was sick He was taken care of and when He was in prison He was visited.
A free clothing store was birthed from those verses and many people have been blessed as a result of this ministry.
With the economy in recession and so many people out of work, another friend felt compelled to begin a free meal program. Each Saturday, the Kitchen of Hope is feeding those in need. They not only offer food for the stomach, but also fellowship.
God may not call each of us to a large ministry, but He does give us opportunities to show support for those in our communities who are serving those in need.
The Lord showed me years ago how to share in smaller ways.
When we lived outside Chicago, we would often take the train into the city for an outing on a Saturday. There was so much to see and do, but there were also many homeless people living there. It really bothered me to see someone dig through the trash searching for leftover food and I prayed and asked God what I could do to help them. I couldn't afford to give them cash or take them to lunch, and short of opening a soup kitchen, I didn't know what to do.
God very clearly told me to pack some lunches when we went to the city. The lunches included peanut butter sandwiches, a couple snacks and a juice box. I put these in brown paper bags with a note attached to the sandwich bag which simply said, "Jesus Loves You."
We always carried a backpack with us and that made it simple to carry the lunches with us. Whenever we came across someone who was homeless, I would approach them and offer them a lunch. There were occasions when we found someone sleeping on a bench at the train station or on a sidewalk and I would just leave the bag where they could find it when they woke up.
I knew I couldn't feed every homeless person in Chicago, but I could make a difference in the lives of a few of them.
Jesus said, "I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me!"What are some ways that you can fill a need within your community?