In my last blog, I spoke about the Luis Palau Association’s CityServe movement, which seeks to proclaim the gospel throughout our great New York City with one simple task: service.
We as Christians have gotten very creative in our attempts to share the good news of Christ with others. We have outdoor crusades to draw crowds, preach to subway passengers during the morning commute, slip tracts through our neighbor’s fences (and in the candy bags on Halloween—you know you’ve seen it happen), and integrate ourselves into mainstream media in the hopes that the world will pay attention. And while our efforts have been noble and our intentions pure, somehow only 6% of New Yorkers consider themselves Christians, according to Forbes magazine. Clearly we’re not doing something right.
And that’s where the Luis Palau Association comes in. They realized that of all the crazy things we endeavor in an effort to spread the good news of Christ, we may, ironically, be forgetting to ask ourselves the one question we’ve been trained to ask: what would Jesus do?
Jesus didn’t knock on doors at 7am. He didn’t hand out pamphlets. He didn’t condemn sinners.
He came to serve. And we should do the same.
So on March 28, over 200 Nyackers from each campus invaded every borough of New York City and spent the day working in homeless shelters, parks, and childhood centers as a part of the CityServe movement.
We cleaned, we painted, we repacked and restocked, we laughed, we played, we served. And through our service we embodied the heart of Christ and displayed it to those around us.
At the end of the day, its not our words that will bring people to the foot of the cross. It’s our actions. Let our Day of Service become a lifestyle of service, and rather than spending our energy attempting to spread the gospel in ways that have so far seemed rather ineffective. Let’s show others the love of Christ. Let’s help those in need. Let’s sacrifice our time and even our money to reach out to those who need it more than we do. Let’s serve our city. It’s what Jesus would do.
Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”