Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Feeding Jesus

How would you respond if Jesus asked you for a meal? His suffering saved you. His providence sustains you. How could you turn Him down? “Wait a minute,” you ask, “doesn’t the idea of feeding Jesus have it backward? After all he feeds us.”

Actually, He did more than ask; He told us to feed Him. In Mathew 25:31-46 He explained that we feed Him when we feed the hungry, that we turn away from Him when we turn away from them, and that there are consequences for how we respond to that truth. As He put it, “whatever you [do] for the least of these brothers of mine, you [do] for me.” v. 40, NIV.

So what’s on the menu? What will you serve Jesus? Will it be fast food, leftovers, or the freshest and best? The answer is obvious, but how do you do that?

One way is to help grow vegetables for the hungry in the Mill Run Community Garden. Our mission is to provide fresh produce to supplement the processed food distributed by hunger relief programs. Our crops feed folks in Hilliard, on the Hilltop, and in the central city via Faith Mission. Last year we were able to give them—and hence Jesus—more than 3,000 Lbs. of fresh produce. The need is even greater now, we’re increasing our efforts, and we need your help. Here’s how:

Pray. Ask God to help us through the process of enlarging His garden, to help us increase the quality and quantity of His crops, and to help us do it ways that best show His love.

Volunteer. To borrow a phrase from the Gospel, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” We’ll need help planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and delivering God’s crops. Contact Kelly Hern at 371-8331 or phern@columbus.rr.com or Glen Demott at 326-0940 or gdemott@columbus.rr.com if you or your SALT group can help.

Donate. We’ll need hay, tomato plants, tomato cages, and tomato stakes. We will also gratefully accept monetary donations to help us purchase those and other supplies. Contact Kelly Hern at 371-8331 about donating those items or Dave Bowersox at dbowersox@ualc.org, about monetary donations.

So how about it, will you help us feed Jesus? Matthew 25:34, Proverbs 19:17, and our own experience tell that you’ll be greatly blessed if you do.

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