Worship – Your Love is Holding Me
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. – Colossians 3:12
At Cross Points, March is affectionately known as March Kindness. Over the past several years we’ve taken the entire month of March and emphasized the importance of kindness. We don’t just talk about kindness we walk it out. As Christians, it’s what we do. As a church, every March, we challenge those in our church to engage in specific acts of kindness. We challenge you to clothe yourself in kindness because God chose you to be his holy people to the world around you.
Over the past few years we’ve seen and heard some incredible stories of God working through us in simple acts of kindness. One of the men in our church heard God speak to his heart to pay for the groceries for the lady in front of him. He felt very hesitant to do this, but he wanted to be obedient. When he reached over to pay for the groceries the lady started to cry. He felt a bit confused and embarrassed but soon heard her story. She told him that her house had literally burned to the grown to night before. She wasn’t quite sure what to do as she was still in a state of shock. She said his kind gesture of paying for her groceries was exactly what she needed. He looked over and the cashier started crying too!
You see, kindness is what we wear. It’s the first thing people should see in the life of a believer. When you interact with your friends, neighbors, work associates, strangers, the first thing they should see in you is kindness. It’s our kindness that will draw people closer to Jesus. I love the old quote, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” When we live out kindness we prove how much we care.
I was dining at a pizza restaurant with my wife when we encountered a couple with twin boys. They were really young boys about 6 months old. My wife and I stared at them and began to walk down memory lane as our twin boys were now in Elementary school. We instantly decided we wanted to buy their meal. We waved the waitress over and discretely paid for their meal. We also left them a card inviting them to church. As we were getting ready to leave they found out it was my wife and I who had paid for them. They thanked us profusely. The wearied eyed mom looked into our eyes and asked, “does it get any easier?” We both started laughing at each other. We knew exactly how she felt. We don’t even remember the first year of raising our twin boys, it was all a blur. We looked at this young couple and said, “Not only does it get easier, it gets a whole lot more fun!” We talked a little more and invited them to church.
Kindness isn’t in the amount you give or the price you pay it’s all in the attitude in which you walk it out. If you remember how kind Jesus was to you, it should only stir you up to be kind to those around you.
Over the next four weeks we are going to challenge each of you to GROW in the area of kindness.
This week I want you to pay for someone’s meal.
It may be at a fancy restaurant or a fast food chain, wherever you buy your food or grab a quick bite — take the time to listen for God to speak to you this week. Ask Him to direct you to that person or family to whom you should bless. I promise God will open up amazing opportunities for you to show his kindness! Remember: As followers of Jesus, kindness is what we do!