As a dynamic outreach ministry, Christ Xpress actively pursues opportunities to serve others faithfully and thoughtfully. Caring for and having compassion for the elderly and disabled, giving to the poor and those struggling with crisis and hardship, and making oneself available to assist others and other worthy causes within our community — all of these — I am sure that most would recognize as Christ-like, that these are expressions of love, compassion and hospitality. And these 'works' are the heart of Christ Xpress.
In his essay, The Significance of Serving, Charles Crismier has the perspective that today's church is dying. However he says, "Is there hope for a revival of true covenant community? I believe there is — our hope lies in true Christian relationship born in a heart of hospitality." He goes on to say that, "America's hope includes a restored covenant community and sacrificial relationships with one another as a demonstration of our covenant with God. Hope begins in your home and in the church. It begins with holy hospitality, formed in an open heart, an open hand and an open home." Christ Xpress embodies loving hospitality and the sacrificial spirit of God.
Equally important, as we work to serve the needs of others within our community, that we work to love, encourage, and uplift EVERYONE involved, not only those being served but those who are serving. By making available opportunities to serve others, faithful Christians will have tangible means through which to express their love, compassion, and faith. By being involved in a fellowship that works to provide meaningful service to others, faithful Christians will have opportunities to build, maintain, and strengthen a right relationship with God. Titus 3:8 is very poignant: "This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men."
And finally, a third very important idea is that, as we serve others, that we continue to point to the author of our faith, that we should always uplift and uphold the name of Jesus Christ. Christians must always remember and be mindful of the effectual nature of Christ and His word: "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." - Isaiah 55:11. Let us bring glory to God.