What do we make of our responsibilities in times of crisis and need? Three themes come to mind: vocation, neighbor, and trust in resurrection.
When do we trust the resurrection most? When we acknowledge that death is real, but life—including the life in Jesus’ name that we offer our neighbors, as fully as we can—is even more real. Our vocation is to serve Jesus by being Jesus to our neighbor. And our neighbor is everyone. But we have different gifts and different circumstances, so we serve differently and as best and fully as we can, given those distinct “places of responsibility.”
There will be neighbors in need wherever you are if you have eyes and heart to see them.
This message is an excerpt from “Our responsibility” by Anna Madsen in the March 2020 issue of Gather magazine.