Showing God's Love through Simple Acts of Kindness
Sermon shared by Scott Jensen
Summary: Show the love of God through your life. Simple acts of kindness can lead to greater things never imagined.
Audience: Believer adults
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Showing Godís Love through Simple Acts of Kindness
Many of you may have heard of the term ďservant evangelism.Ē This term is nothing less that showing the love of God through our own caring and loving actions toward others. Sometimes itís the simplest acts of kindness that have the most lasting effects. Sometimes ordinary things impact people in extraordinary ways. Today, weíre going to take a closer look at Jesusí message to us.
In Matthew 10:42, Jesus speaks of sharing a cup of water. He isnít speaking of just sharing a drink with someone. Heís talking about sharing ourselves; the practicality of living a Christian life; a life full of relationships, both with God and with our fellow men and women. Heís talking about the humble act of giving a piece of ourselves to others. Heís talking about sharing in practical ways and not just in abstract terms. Itís this type of service that Iíd like to examine today.
Sometimes thinking outside of the box to help someone else can grant the greatest rewards. Sometimes, caring for others is more important than caring for ourselves. Todayís message is about sharing with and caring for our fellow men and women.
Show Godís love through the little things
The simplest of acts can have impacts far beyond our wildest dreams. Take for example this story of a humble hotel clerk.
In the city of Philadelphia there was a little third-class hotel. Into it one night there came two tired elderly people. They went up to the night clerk and the husband pleadingly said, ďMister, please donít tell us you donít have a room. My wife and I have been all over the city looking for a place to stay. We didnít know about the big conventions that are here. The hotels at which we usually stay are all full. Weíre dead tired and itís after midnight. Please, donít tell us you donít have a place where we can sleep.Ē
The clerk looked at them a long moment and then answered, ďWell, I donít have a single room except my own. I work at night and sleep in the daytime. Itís not as nice as the other rooms, but itís clean, and Iíll be happy for you to be my guests for tonight.Ē
The wife said, ďGod bless you, young man.Ē
The next morning at the breakfast table, the couple sent the waiter to tell the night clerk they wanted to see him on very important business. The night clerk went in, recognized the two people, sat down at the table and said he hoped they had had a good nightís sleep. They thanked him most sincerely. Then the husband astounded the clerk with this statement, ďYouíre too fine a hotel man to stay in a hotel like this. How would you like for me to build a big, beautiful, luxurious hotel in the city of New York and make you general manager?Ē
The clerk didnít know what to say. He thought there might be something wrong with their minds. He finally stammered, ďIt sounds wonderful.Ē His guest then introduced himself. ďIím John Jacob Astor.Ē So, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel was built.(Tan, P. L. (1996, c1979). Encyclopedia of 7700 illustrations : A treasury of illustrations, anecdotes, facts and quotations for pastors, teachers and Christian workers. Garland TX: Bible Communications.) Four years later, the hotel was the largest in the world and boasted unprecedented standards of service. The night clerk became the best-known hotel
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