Not too long ago I wrote a piece titled, Impacto, focusing on how the love we have for God should be reflected by the love we have for God’s children. Community is essentially that. The love we have for God’s people; the least of these and those who have already understood His glory.
The Holy Spirit has convicted me in the sense that I truly believed my compassion was where it ought to be and it wasn’t even close. My love for those who hadn’t known God was pretty secure, but I had forgotten the feeling to be considered lost. Those who were close to me weren’t receiving the good news, because I was not reflecting it. And my gratitude for grace, was shallow; rooted by customs and not by Christ.
The Least of These
The term “least of these” usually is correlated with being financially unfortunate, struggling, hungry, thirsty; and the term can be used correctly when describing individuals who identify with those characteristics, but it doesn’t exactly end there. Weren’t we thirsty, for something that quenched our parched soul, hungry for something that would fill our void, financially unfortunate in the sense that no amount of money in our hands would give us a consistent feeling of joy. Struggling, to keep our smiles on for everyone to see, and wipe them away in our solitude. I was there, and sometimes visit. I wanted to touch upon this because we can feed our physically hungry neighbors, as it is stated in Proverbs 31:20, Proverbs 22:9, Galatians 6:2, and several other verses as well; but we must feed all persons spiritually with the Gospel present, no matter their social class because those without the revelation of the Gospel, can be considered least of these. I believe Matthew 25 ensures this point, starting with verse 35 on we see Jesus speaking about being clothed, given food and water: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in”, the righteous then replied [when had we seen you thirsty, hungry, in need of clothes, or sick] and the King's response was (verse 40)“[...] ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” We also see that John 4:14 acknowledges water as eternal life “ But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”. 1st Corinthians 10:3-4 states “ They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
This all probably looks like a big glob of holy texts, but in essence it explains being fulfilled by something more than physical needs, and the righteous must lead those to this food/drink because of the love we have for Christ. We see spirituality and physical fulfillment both being met by God's goodness. We all need it, we’ve all felt emptiness, uncertainty or dissatisfaction.*This should not take away from the importance of helping someone out financially, or with non-monetary donations (faith without works is dead).
So let us pursue everyone and not discriminate by the look of man but by the soul of man. Every soul is significant and is in desperate need of filling, and it is up to us not only to spread the gospel, but to live it, breathe, carry it as the eternal gift, and help others accept it.
We do not need to go to 3rd world countries to identify need (if you have or plan to go, please do so this in no way means that your attendance is unnecessary). Need is right next door, need sometimes in the same room in your home. Impacting community can mean so many different things, but the root is leading people to the good news. I had the pleasure to visit a friend of a friends recently, their economic standing was definitely well off, but I did not know where their soul was, and I felt as if I was looking into a poor man's eyes. I grew up in an environment where many of the people I attended school with were financially prosperous, but they were thirsty, hungry, and struggling. They had never tasted living water. Honestly, it’s difficult speaking to someone that is well off or economically burdened about their discontent about life, most of the replies I’ve received is “I have everything I need” “If your God is so good, why have you struggled?” or “Where is God now, when my stomach is empty, and my lights are off”. Those are soft punches that should not phase us because, our God has never let our soul feel dissatisfied when we abide in Him, because even if my electricity is cut my heart is pleased with the breeze coming from the outside. Because my heart rejoices knowing that this isn’t about my discontent in life, it’s living for the one who was victorious in my fight, and if it pleases Him, my life will go well for His will is good for us.
Community is composed of all factors that you feel a part of. Ethnic, racial, economic, educational, in proximity, etc. These are the groups we are responsible for. When impacting your community, the necessary material you need is consistency, truth, good motivation; and the sum of all good, Jesus.
Consistency in your community is essential because you most likely aren’t the first person to help someone in need, there are several organizations that aid people with different types of problems that have resources. So why are we different? Or where can we mark the difference? Our difference is centered in the purity of the Gospel. In our humanity, consistency is literally impossible, but in Christ, we can give those who seek, a completely consistent God. Consistency in His goodness, in His attendance in one’s life, and in His love. We should reflect that, and ask God for grace when we move to becoming -impactors.
Truth and trust go hand in hand. We speak on the truth if we speak sound doctrine (going into that would be a whole separate post, that we will touch upon on a later time). Developing trust takes time, consistency as we mentioned previously, and a good attitude. Trust is a basic term, with heavy weight. It’s something you build and can easily tear down. So stay rooted in the Gospel, acknowledge that it is not in our humanity where we can become trustworthy; but in Christ because several of us have decided to trust in Him and not in our flesh.
Drive is important, and if your motivation isn’t pure; it is easily reflected. Drive is something that like the previous things, works perfectly when we are in communion with God in the endeavors we choose to partake in. He will give us strength and grace to continue a journey.
-Siempre mirando al Sol.
We'll end with this. This month’s segment has been something that we, along with most of our spiritual siblings have felt so important. Especially when we talk about the church, becoming one and evangelizing/discipleship go hand in hand. We are here to embark on this journey with you all not just to preach it, but to practice it. We feel convicted in posting this information because it speaks to our heart heavily, but we are pursing our community and seeing God's love unfold before us. We also want you all to feel free to send us stories about your community, and how you hope to impact them and if we can be of any help. One of our principles is growing this community and it's not just being a monologue but receiving from your end as well. (contact us via email: darcopersonal@gmail or DM us on instagram @Darlinco
Many blessing, Light and Love.
-Sol X Alma