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Our mission at Bethlehem is to love God and serve people. I’ve constantly reminded the congregation this is far more than a saying, for it is who we are and what we do.  As you walk through our sanctuary you will see the words “Love God, Serve People” on the wall. This is our mandate; this is a requirement that God has given to every congregation and every believer.  If we are not careful, it could become a saying with little or no meaning. This mandate is given in Matthew 25:45 where we find these words:

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

Here the Master summarizes what He has called upon His people to do.  This speaks about the prizes of the judgment. The Master Teacher speaks clearly, of how our relationship with God calls us to minister to others.  Matthew gives a detailed account of what the Lord requires from us.  It would be good for us to read this entire chapter in Matthew to see how the Lord identifies our commitment to others and our commitment to Him.  It speaks clearly about the love we have for God and our willingness to share that love as we serve others in need, those who are hungry, strangers or inprisoned. When we do this, we are simply carrying out this mandate.  However, the scripture gives us a warning as to what happens when we fail to have our love shown in caring for others.  It is my prayer today that we really love God and we really find ourselves serving people.

Matthew 25:45 (NLT)