Jesus' Call to Action
When Jesus called people to follow him, He expected his followers to drop what they were doing and to immediately follow or not follow! The decision was simple... go or not go. We have been told to go and make disciples. The sending, the going, the following are all predicated upon the immediate and willing response of a follower dedicated to submission to a Savior. When we examine how people followed Jesus, there was no room for pausing with reflection or delaying for a season so they could consider all the variables surrounding their decision. There was no committee or search process in order for the disciples to dwell upon all the options. There was only the immediate decision made in faith.
Consider Peter walking on water. He didn't pull out a measuring tape to evaluate the distance that Jesus stood away from the boat. He didn't test the temperature of the water or measure the height of the waves. He didn't send out a survey to establish a consensus of all the disciples in the boat. Peter was the only one of faith who simply got up and stepped out of the boat on faith knowing that the Master was out there.
Consider the Good Samaritan stopping to help the wounded man. Two other religious men chose not to stop but considered the risk too great and opted to avoid the danger of helping someone in need. It sounds a lot like people today who say, "It's good to help people in need but I don't want them living in my neighborhood." The Good Samaritan simply stopped and provided for the wounded man's needs then and into the future. There was no reconsideration or hesitancy by the Samaritan. He didn't stop to ask the wounded man a few questions before he helped him. The Samaritan simply acted mercifully with intention and clarity of purpose.
As followers of Jesus, let us all act decisively whenever needs arise as we view each opportunity as a calling toward ministry!
Food Bank Service this Month
This month Ekklesia volunteers have worked on several occasions helping the food bank's garden and greenhouse operations unload mounds of dirt. Just the last week we had two crews work on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, we moved 9 yards of fertilizer and distributed it out covering the outdoor garden mounds. On Thursday, we unloaded another truck load of potting soil which filled many of their indoor pots which will be growing tomato plants.
Ekklesia volunteers, Ryan Pyke, Matt Miller and Micah Blair along with other food bank workers.
The food distribution building at our food bank
April 22nd 12:30-3:30
On the fourth Sunday of this month, April 22nd, Ekklesia is scheduling a work day at our local South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank. On that weekend the food bank will be remodeling their interior and needing to move many of their internal shelving units and interior walls in order to open up the inside for a new way to distribute the food. We will need volunteers to to move items, carts, boxes and many other objects. Another crew of workers will be needed to split the firewood that Ekklesia has donated to the food bank. We will also be restacking the pile for longterm storage.
Firewood pile at the Food Bank