Riverstone Church has held a semi-annual consignment sale called Born Again Blessings since the first year the church was established. The sale used to be held at the Cobb County Civic Center, however, due to remodeling they had to relocate the sale to the church.
I have been a part of this consignment sale from its inception. I was on the committee for years, when my children were little. I’ve dressed my children with clothing from the sale into middle school. And I’ve worked as a volunteer every sale I can because I believe in the mission of this sale and the people who run it. They’re all about helping families.
This year’s fall sale was extremely special to me. The committee allowed me to bring survivors who are also mothers to the sale to shop early, when the workers and sellers shop. I arrived first so I could greet my girls as well as shop for a couple who didn’t have gas money or transportation to the sale. What happened next made my heart sing.
From the moment my girls walked in the door, they were treated like honored guests. The committee was welcoming. They provided the girls with shopping bags. They offered to help the girls locate items or carry things for them. They played with my girls’ children while they shopped. They were Jesus with skin on at every turn. I could not have been prouder to call Riverstone Church my home and these lovely ladies working the sale my dear friends.
I saw Matthew 25:35-40 come to life before my very eyes,
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”
We all have opportunities to be Jesus with skin on to the people around us. It doesn’t only happen in a church building with a large group.
It can be with a sales clerk in a store who needs a smile or a word of encouragement when he or she messes something up accidentally. Or it may be your child or someone in your neighborhood. Look for those opportunities and when they arise, say yes.