If you ask people to name some characteristics and qualities that distinguish followers of Christ from other people, you are likely to get a wide-range of responses. People are likely to name some things that people should do and things they should not do in their description of a Christian. But would they mention the thing that Jesus Himself said distinguishes individuals who belong to Him?
In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands His disciples to love others in the same way He loves us. Doing so will give evidence to the world that we are truly His disciples. It is crucial that we love others selflessly and sacrificially so the world may see Christ in us and be drawn to Him.
Since its inception, loving others in Jesus’ name has been the focus of the North Carolina Missions Offering (NCMO). Demonstrating God’s love is the heart of this year’s offering theme, “So They Know.” It is based on Bible verses found in the Gospel of John.
When you consider the many ministries NCMO supports in demonstrating Christ-like love to others, a common thread runs through all of them, helping the recipients understand that we care for them because we love Jesus and we want them to also experience His love.
When North Carolina Baptist Men’s disaster relief ministry volunteers respond to crisis situations, they are demonstrating the love of Christ by helping people rebuild their lives. When patients are seen on one of the mobile medical or dental clinic vehicles, they not only receive physical care, but they are given spiritual care. With the addition of the health screening bus earlier this year, even more people will now have a chance to hear and respond to the gospel through our medical mission’s ministry.
These important ministries are supported through your generous contributions to missions through the NCMO. This special missions offering also provides funding for local missions across our state through designated projects with Baptist associations and our two missions camps located in Red Springs and Shelby.
Through numerous partnerships at home and abroad, the NCMO also helps engage and mobilize thousands of individuals in short-term missions work each year. Additionally, NCMO has helped fund church planting efforts across our state, which has proven to be one of the most effective ways to reach others with the gospel.
As we partner in helping hurting people, as we work to impact lostness and make disciples in our state and beyond, consider asking each member of your family to give a gift to support missions through the North Carolina Mission’s Offering.
Explaining to the younger generation why we do this is a great way to lead them to pray for, give to and involve themselves in missions. Teach them to be open to God’s calling for them! To find out more about NCMO, visit ncmissionsoffering.org.
“By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” – John 13:35.