Last week I listened to a message from a pastor in California named Miles McPherson. He refers to his church as a 'Do Something' church. He defines this type of church as a 'church body that does what Jesus did when He was in His body.' He described four specific things that Jesus did during His ministry: counting, walking, asking and loving.
The gospels, as well as the entire Bible, are full of numbers. Numbers matter to God. Think about it. Jesus picked 12 disciples...He fed 5,000 men...He healed 10 lepers and only 1 returned to give thanks...He helped Peter and the boys catch 153 fish after His resurrection...and on and on. To count means that we are aware of the people in our community. It means we know who is on our street. It means we don't overlook anyone, and each soul matters to God.
Another thing Jesus did constantly was walk. He could have set up camp in the synagogue and sent out flyers and had people come to Him. He chose rather to go where they were. When Jesus' feet stood on a piece of ground, He was reclaiming that land for God. When He physcially showed up, the demons got nervous. When a Christ-follower, filled with the Spirit, shows up at a gathering of any kind, the demons get nervous too. They certainly don't get nervous beause of me. They get nervous because, as a child of God, the presence and authority of Jesus go with me into the darkness around me. When we show up, God shows up too!
Jesus constantly asked questions. When He encountered the blind beggar, Bartimaeus, He asked, 'What do you want Me to do for you?'. Bartimaeus cried out, 'Rabbi, I want to see!' When we show up and are in the lives of people, that's our opportunity to simply ask questions. We don't shout at people with a bull horn and shove signs in their face, but we can ask them questions like....'Is there anything I can do for you?'....'Is there anything I can pray for you about?'....'How can I encourage you today?'
Lastly, just like Jesus lived a life of love, so we are called to 'be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love...' (Ephesians 5:1) Loving someone may mean being part of the answer to their need or prayer request. It might mean helping them clean up a mess, bringing them a meal, or giving them a ride. It might mean sharing with them the story of how Jesus changed your life and wants to also give them life. We simply need to play the part that the Holy Spirit wants us to play in the moment in order to continually nudge people closer and closer towards God.
So, are you ready? Let's count, walk, ask and love today!