Community advocacy, as used in this devotional, is concerned with you trying to improve a community that needs help. A key idea in this series of devotionals, “Don’t Quit,” which is based on II Thessalonians 3:13, is that, “We should not quit the good work that God is calling us to do.”
In this devotional, let's focus on the good work of trying to help needy communities. Make sure you visit my article on community involvement. You may not live in a community that needs much more help.
For example, if you are in a middle class neighborhood with full employment and cannot remember that last murder in your neighborhood, this is not what I have in mind. Of course, even this kind of community needs something.
However, there are communities who have rather pressing needs. There are communities that need tutors and mentors for young people. They need committee chair people and members to work on job training and placement projects.
They need people willing to make phone calls, write letters, and even protest about an equitable distribution of resources like police protection, quality teachers and schools, street services, and the like.
As believers, some who are doing quite well for ourselves, we should not forget passages like Matthew 5:13-16. It says,
13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Let’s make sure that we have the good work on community advocacy to our credit, when we stand before the Lord. Going to your church, worshipping, and going to Bible study is not enough good work.
Self Examination 1. On a scale of one to five, with five being high, how would you grade your involvement in helping a needy community? Why?
2. Which neighborhood do you think need some help? Why?
3. What are you willing to do to help?
4. What are you going to do to help? - by when?
Prayer Great and awesome God, the One who saved me to be a blessing to those who less fortunate than I am, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for trusting me with the ability and willingness to help my fellow brothers and sisters.
I confess that I have fallen short too many times in helping others, especially those who don’t live close to me. Please forgive me. Help me to do better with the good work on community advocacy. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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