One of the visiting parents who came to Education Sunday last week came up and thanked me for all we do at St Hilda’s for the community. She said ‘You preach Jesus’ and I interrupted her; ‘Unashamedly!’ she smiled and then said; ‘But you also help in many ways to build our community’ and she thanked me for that.
I was greatly encouraged by the conversation. I wasn’t sure whether she saw ‘preaching Jesus’ or ‘building community’ as the most important, but I suspect there are many in our community who see our preaching Jesus as quirky or even irrelevant. But what encouraged me so much was that the message was getting through. That what drives us to love those around us, what motivates us to care for the needy, to build community, to make a difference in people’s lives, is Jesus.
We may continue to be seen as a little bit strange for holding such strong views about Jesus, but if people do recognise that’s what we’re on about, God willing, they will be caused to consider just what they think about Jesus, and come to take hold of the eternal life he so freely offers everyone.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)