If Necessary….Use Words.

Jesus taught us that the two most important things we could to is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (found in Matthew 22:34-40).  He knows that when your heart, soul and mind – which is basically all of you – is consumed with love for God then you can do nothing but let that pour out of you because it is too much for your body to contain!  When you are full of love, you hug a friend easily.  When you are full of love, you share what you have in your lunch.  When you are full of love, you listen to every word being shared.  Love does not cause us to speak; it causes us to act.

Jesus never mentions using our mouths.  The action He speaks of comes from the heart, the soul and the mind.  Here are some other ways of saying this:
“Actions speak louder than words.”
“You may be the only Bible a person ever reads.”
“Preach the Gospel always.  If necessary, use words.”

The FaithWorks! children are learning what it means to share the love of Jesus Christ without using any words.  Their offering, collected over the past few months, is providing over 500 meals to the students at Harrison Primary Center.  We know that most of these children only eat a balanced meal when they receive a free breakfast or lunch at school.  We also know that they will be at home for two weeks over winter break.  Many will go without food during these days.

This Sunday, they will decorate bags that will each hold a can of tuna, a box of macaroni and cheese, a can of vegetables, and some cookies.  Because these are going to a public school, we are not allowed to write messages on them that say, “Jesus loves you” or “Merry Christmas.”  They cannot have a manger scene on them or a cross.

But what they will be doing is putting love into action.  An action that comes from their hearts and souls and minds that say: these kids are just like me; these kids are hungry; these kids need a friend like me; I can help.  They will be pouring their love into drawing snowmen and snowflakes.  They will be packing them with care.  They will be praying over the food as it goes into the bags.  They will be providing a warm meal.  They will be bringing a smile to another child’s face.

They will say “I love you” without using words.
They will be preaching the Gospel.

About Karen Grant

Children's Minister - FaithWorks! is the children's ministry of Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
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