I confess, I have sometimes felt inadequate when asked my opinion on any number of subjects prevalent in the church today, only to have no definitive answer. But often, it seems, those are the very subjects that will – if allowed – divide us. I am not talking about those petty – though all too real – arguments about the color of the carpet in the church foyer. But rather, those things which, while bearing some theological semblance, have no real consequence on the practice of our Christian faith; a pre or post tribulation rapture, contemporary or traditional worship, the length of ones hair, and the list goes on.
But as I heard a friend say recently, “When we stand before the Lord these will not be the reasons we are welcomed into His kingdom, but rather that we served the least of these; those in prison, the widowed, the orphaned, the poor, out of a grateful heart.” John 15 tells us that when we abide in Christ we will bear much fruit. As we abide in Christ we serve, not out of obligation or as a means by which we receive salvation but rather out of a simple response to His great love.
There are many ways in which we can serve, one such way is to partner with a local pastor in a far away village we may never visit, helping children to have not just their immediate felt needs met, but also allowing them the opportunity to find hope through the understanding that in Christ they have purpose, they have value, and they are loved.
Over the years, my family and I have received many beautiful letters from our sponsored children and their pastors helping us to see that our support is indeed having an impact in their lives. We would love to take this opportunity to introduce you to a child in need and join us in releasing a child from poverty in Jesus name through the ministry of Compassion International. To learn more how you can make a lasting difference in a child’s life please visit www.Compassion.com/FryeFamilyBand