2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.
A Pastor was called to a local nursing home to perform a wedding. An anxious old man met him at the door. The pastor sat down to counsel him and asked him several questions.
"Do you love her?"
The old man replied, "I guess."
"Is she a good Christian woman?"
"I don't know for sure," the old man answered.
"Does she have lots of money?" asked the pastor.
"I doubt it."
The pastor leaned back and looked at the old man curiously. "Then why are you marrying her?"
"She is allowed to drive at night," the old man said.
He needed a servant not a wife! Often times people think that the Church’s first responsibility is to serve the community they live in. Like many churches, the church I pastor gives groceries out to the needy every week, feeds the homeless, and gives school supplies and Christmas gifts to the poorest children in our city. We are supposed to be serving our community, just as Jesus did.
But the church is NOT public charities club. We are servants for Jesus' sake. That means the Church serves people in order that people would know about Jesus Christ. The Church is here to do what Jesus wants, and that may or may not be what people want.
So what does He want?
In Jesus’ first sermon He tells us.
Luke 4:17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him (Jesus). And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, 18 'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord'
You see, more than the poor needing food, clothing, and shelter. The poor, the oppressed, the captives, we need more than just a nice deed done for us. We need Jesus.