God's standard for holiness is realized when His people serve each other and challenge each other to obey his laws.
Imagine there are two lines of people. One is an incredibly long line of people that leads to a cliff where they fall over into hell. The other is a short line of individuals that goes to heaven.
Our mission, our job as Christians is to lead as many people as we can from the line of death to the walk of life. As we continued our study into the book of Leviticus Pastor Miles showed that it isn't enough that we as Christians simply attend church but that we are to reach out to others.
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleaning of your harvest. And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:9-10
Using our God-Given Gifts
We shouldn't horde everything (physical or spiritual) to ourselves but instead share our gifts with the world and especially those in need.
Miles illustrated this with the facts of the Dead Sea, where all the water flows into it but none flows out, leaving this sea without the ability to flourish, or as the name implies; dead. People function the same way and we need to share our gifts with others so that we don't end up like the Dead Sea.
Miles continued with Leviticus 19:11-18 that shows us how we need to treat each other.
- Be truthful
- Do not sear using God's name
- Do not cheat or rob people
- Do not take advantage of the disabled
- Be fair to everyone regardless if they are rich or poor
- Do not gossip
- Do not hate your brother
- Do not take vengeance
Many Opportunities to Serve
With the book of Leviticus in mind Miles gave us examples of how each of us can help our growing community through any of the 55 ministries through Rock.
Miles indicated that there are some 7500 foster children in San Diego in need of mentors that the SUCH ministry provides. In San Diego there are over 39 elderly centers filled with lonely senior citizens that the SUCH ministry reaches out to. There are homeless, distraught, abused, and neglected people in need of salvation and that is literally only the tip of the iceberg.
Let God use you through one of these ministries.