In Luke 17:5-10, Jesus explains that when a servant has worked out in the field all day and then comes in at the end of the day, the master doesn’t thank the servant and tell the servant to sit down and eat what the master has prepared. Instead, the master says, “Fix my food and after I’ve eaten, then you can eat.” The servant doesn’t expect praise for doing what was commanded. Jesus says we are to be the same. When we’ve done what He wants us to do, we don’t beat our chest and scream to draw attention to ourselves or receive praise. He tells us that like the servant, “In the same way, when you obey me you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty.'”
It’s difficult knowing when, if ever, to speak out about what you’ve done and when to remain quiet. I like to think that when I speak out about what we are doing here at the Mason UMC, it’s to bring glory to Jesus and perhaps give other churches in other areas idea. This is one of those times. We are unworthy servants who are only doing our duty.
Our church is having a VBS day on September 8th. We’re having an inflatable bounce house and inflatable obstacle course. We’re planning to have hot dogs, ice cream, cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn, music, and games. We want everyone in our church to come and we want people outside the church to come as well. If we had it at the church, many in the church would come, but I believe we would have very few from outside of our “church family”. We could have it at the park or at the ball field, as some have suggested, and we might have the same amount of “church people” and a few more from the community. However, we are not having it at the ball field, park, or at the church. We are going to have it in a mobile home park in Mason.
There is a mobile home community with (I’m guessing) 30 mobile homes near the sewage treatment plant that most people in the area don’t frequent and many only complain about. It’s not that bad people live there, but some people who live there have some bad habits and addictions and others are just stuck. We want to go there and show them the love of Jesus. We are basically going to have a “block party” in their neighborhood. We want the people from our church to come. For some, it may be uncomfortable. I’m pretty sure we would have more “church people” if we had it at the church. It’s often uncomfortable following Jesus, or going in the Name of Jesus. But I can tell you that the people in the mobile home community are not going to be able to resist coming to the party in their front yard! I believe most people from our church are ready for this step.
I hope if you’re in another area of the state, country, or world, you may invite your church to do this or something like it. That’s why I’m even telling you this. It’s not to brag on ourselves. After all, “We are unworthy servants who are only doing our duty.”