Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Love your enemies.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
Jonah just didn't get it. When God told him to go to the city of Ninevah and let the people know that God saw their great sins, Jonah ran away. Why? Jonah thought that if he warned the people of Ninevah, they just might repent. Then God would be kind to them. Can you imagine being mad at the thought of God being kind to someone else? Jonah believed in God, but he sure had a lot to learn about being a follower of God.
Unlike Jonah, there are lots of Christians who have figured out that loving God means loving all of His people. Have you ever heard of William Booth? In the late 1800s, he started the Salvation Army, which still helps people today. How about Mother Theresa? She helped more poor people in the country of India than she could probably ever count. Millard Fuller believed that everyone deserves a decent place to live. He created Habitat for Humanity, which uses volunteers to build houses for people without much money. While in prison, Chuck Colson met many prisoners. When he got out of prison, he started Prison Fellowship. This organization gives help, Bible studies, and Christmas presents to prisoners and their families.
How about you? God calls you too. There are people who are hurting right where you are, and God calls you to minister to them. You don't have to be spectacular or famous for your acts of service. In fact, God enjoys it just as much when the only ones who know that you have helped someone are you and God. Can you think of something that you could do today, right now, to help another child of God? Write your idea down, ask God for His help, and then just do it!