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A Word from Pastor Jeff

This month, we conclude a series of articles centered around different types of knowledge that we, as Christians, have. I call them head knowledge, heart knowledge, and hands/feet knowledge. This month, we focus on hands/feet knowledge.
If you have not gotten a chance to read the previous articles, I would encourage you to do so. The August article focuses on the holistic nature of our faith, the September article focuses on head knowledge, and the October article focuses on heart knowledge.
It is often talked about how we are the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. This means that the way many people will first encounter Jesus in their lives is through the works of his disciples. It seems to be that this was Jesus’ plan. Throughout the gospels, He makes many references to what it means to be his disciples, and how many people will know about him. And, they will recognize that people are his disciples because of how they interact with others. Everything we do and say has an impact not only on our faith but on how others in the world may interact with Jesus.
Though Jesus makes this idea of our actions making him known clear in the gospels, the gospels are not the first place we see this message. This message is throughout the Old Testament, particularly in the Covenants. From the early Covenants that God made with Abraham and Moses, we were called to live into those Covenants because that is how we would make God known to others. The Abrahamic Covenant does not just say that God will bless Abraham and his descendants but says that God will bless Abraham and his descendants so that they will bless the world by making God known through their actions.
When we remember that we are the hands and feet of Jesus, when we remember that what we do in Jesus’ names matters, lives are transformed and people come into new relationships with Jesus. On the flip side, when we forget this, or when we do something negative, it can also have a negative impact on someone’s faith. Though Matthew 25:31-46 does not directly, only indirectly, states this, the message rings true throughout the passage. Jesus reminds us that what we have done for others, we have done for Jesus. When we forget or neglect to care for others in our community, not just are we failing to be faithful disciples, or are we failing to serve Jesus, but we may also be doing direct harm to Jesus and to the Church as people are pushed away from Jesus by our actions or lack of action.
Fred Rogers, from “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”, has a wonderful quote that I think encompasses this idea of hands and feet knowledge or action. He said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
As disciples of Jesus, as the hands and feet of Christ in the world, let us be these helpers. Let us allow God’s light to shine through us in times of darkness. May we continue to follow Jesus fully, faithfully, and actively in the world as we make God known in all that we do.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Jeff