Summary: What is servant evangelism: It is demonstrating the kindness of God, The Love God, by offering to do some act of humble service, with no strings attached. We never fully know what small act of kindness will touch and transform a life.
Jared and his dad were playing a game of catch one afternoon, when Jared asked, ......."Dad, is there a God?"
Joe his father had a string of trite answers racing through his mind. ...... But in the end His Father opted for honesty, ....."I don't know, Jared," he replied.
Jared dug a little deeper, "If there is a God, how would you know him?"
"I really have no idea, Jared.
I only went to church a couple of times when I was a kid, so I don't know a lot about those kinds of things."
Jared seemed deep in thought for a few minutes as the game of catch continued.
Suddenly, he headed for the house.
"I'll be right, back, dad" ......he yelled over his shoulder.
"I have to get something."
Jared soon returned with a mylar balloon fresh from the circus along with a pen and an index card.
"Jared, what in the world are you doing?" His father asked.
He earnestly replied. "I'm going to send a message to God ..... airmail."
Before Joe could protest, Jared started writing on the index card,...... "Dear God, if you are real and if you are there,...... send people who know you ..... to my Dad and me."
Joe kept his mouth shut, ......not wanting to dampen ......his son's enthusiasm.
This is silly, he thought .......as he helped Jared fasten the card .....to the balloon's string.
God, .....I hope you are watching, .....he added to his silent petition.
After Jared let go of the balloon, father and son stood with their faces to the sky and watched it sail away. (PAUSE)
Two days later, Joe and Jared pulled into a free car wash.
"How much?" Joe asked ......as he neared the line of buckets, sponges and hoses.
"It's free," the guy told him. "No strings attached."
"Really!" Joe exclaimed.
He was intrigued by getting something for nothing. "But why are you doing this?"
"We just want to show you God's love in a practical way."
It was as if that simple statement .....opened a hidden door .....to Joe's heart.
The look on his face was incredible, "Wait a minute," he practically shouted. "Are you guys Christians?"
"Yeah, we're Christians," the man replied.
"Are you the kind of Christians .....who believe in God?"
The man could not help but smile, ......"Yes, we're that kind of Christians."
After directing a big grin at Jared, ......Joe proceeded to tell the story of releasing the helium balloon .....with its message ....only days earlier.
Joe said....."I guess you're the answer to one of the strangest prayers God's ever received,".
Beloved .....That is the story of a church in Ohio ......that is committed to what is called...... servant evangelism.
What is servant evangelism?
It is demonstrating the kindness of God ......The Love God....by offering to do some act of humble service .....with no strings attached." (Long Pause)
Jesus in our Gospel reading ......speaks of sharing even a cup of cold water .....which speaks to the practicality ......of living the Christian life.