Continuing today, the Territorial Social Services Creative Caucus is meeting at Crestmont. They are meeting to change the ‘Army.’ That is, to make it better.
Our social services operate straight from Jesus’ command “to love our neighbors” and from the essence of our mission to love others in practical ways without discrimination. So we help others as we have done for 150 years.
Our primary mission is to bring people to the choice of a loving relationship with Jesus. I wonder how many of our relationships in social services lead to such a holy and eternal outcome? Many SA families can point to such a moment in their family history when someone needed help and found the Savior as a result. It’s certainly true about my mother’s family, consequently representing my own story.
In the year 2014, the USA Western Territory engaged 4.6 million individuals (unduplicated) in social services of different varieties. I’m proud of our people who are working around the clock to improve people’s lives to that measure.
Now imagine with me that 1% of them came to saving grace by the Savior. Not only does it represent 46,000+ people, it would have added on average 150 people to each corps in the territory. Can you imagine what an ‘Army we would be if we went to 2%?
That’s what our people are considering this week. I hope they are praying through their discussions to increase our imagination to honor the Lord in reaching more for Jesus. It’s a natural for us.
The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’c 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’d 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”