I care about inner city kids. I believe that they deserve to be taught, lead and loved. Not only do I believe that, but I have and will continue to invest my time going to the inner city schools to support students. I will accompany them on field trips, attend their music concerts, clinic their choirs and help with fund raisers
So why do I care so much about Inner city kids? Well, because the person I love the most in this world works inside the loop teaching middle schoolers choral music. For the last eight years my wife Jane has commuted down the Hardy toll road to pour her love into nearly 200 students through the choral arts.
I care because she cares. Her heart is touched, so my heart is touched. If she is excited about the success of a student, then I celebrate. If she is hurt because of a difficult situation involving a student, together we share that burden.
I'm pretty sure if it weren't for my wife, my caring for these students wouldn't be nearly as great. It's not that I don't have a heart of compassion, it's just that this has come into my life because I love her.
In John 21:15 Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Peter answered three times that yes he did love Jesus. Each time Jesus said, then feed my lambs, take care of my sheep.
Jesus is clearly saying that if we love him we will care. We will care for people that he loves. Though our relationship with Jesus we will come to care for people that we might otherwise have little concern for. But because we love Jesus we will find it in our hearts to feed the hungry, help the homeless, care for the sick, visit the prisoner, and care for the widow and orphan. And it won't just be out of duty or obligation. If it breaks Jesus heart, then it will break ours.
Because He cares we care,
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. ’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? ’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. ’