“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
When God created Eden, He created paradise. Animals living at peace. Work was good. Man and woman tended the garden, communed with God, and lived as God intended. Then sin entered the picture, and we brought brokenness into perfection. Over the years, mankind has become familiar with brokenness, sickness, death, pain, hurt, loss, and lack—things God never desired in the garden.
But God created a plan for that, too. That plan is you. You are God’s plan, His beautiful design to reach a lost and hurting world.
He’s called us to be a source of provision and life.
He’s called us to engage, invite, and welcome people into our worlds.
He’s called us to encourage and care for the sick and broken.
He’s called us to visit and care for those in prison.
Sometimes this looks like hosting a brunch for a new couple you met; volunteering at a homeless shelter; providing clothes to a family that just lost their income; visiting inmates in prison; or going to hospitals to pray for the sick and dying.
And sometimes this looks like engaging with the people who walk in the door every Sunday.
Every week, people walk in the doors of First Dallas wrestling with one of the ailments mentioned in Matthew 25. They are looking for life in the wrong places on a daily basis. They are lonely and need someone to invite them into relationship. They are sick and in bondage to an unseen sin and need someone to point them to hope and healing. YOU are God’s provision to them. You have the opportunity to model the very character of Jesus by serving them with the gifts, talents, and resources God has given you.
And if you need help finding a place to volunteer, we can help you find your place, your team, and your personal mission field. Interested in discovering your gift? Interested in learning where you can devote your time? Visit firstdallas.org/volunteer.