Love All Serve All demonstrates God’s love to tennis fans during Wimbledon by a team going out at night, handing out free drinks and cookies, offering prayer and conversation. It is essentially the local churches welcoming tennis fans to Wimbledon. You can read more about it on the Third Space Ministries website.
Jesus is God. For a time he became human and lived on the Earth. God could have sent a letter, a video clip or even a hologram to show us who he is, but instead he chose to come himself. Rather than keeping his distance, he became human, he became one of us. This miracle is called the incarnation.
To me the Love All Serve All approach is very much the sort of thing that Jesus would do. Simple acts of generosity open to all accompanied by the opportunity to pray with or to talk about faith with anyone who would like to.
The Wimbledon churches who organize this are clearly amazing!! It obviously costs them money and time and they know that it almost certainly won’t result in people joining their churches as the people who they are connecting with are mainly visitors to the area. The desire to demonstrate the love of God even if it won’t result in growth for our own church is something that every Christian should be committed too.
I must confess that I’m not a tennis fan but I will be excited by Wimbledon this year as I pray for the Love All Serve All team. But, what about the rest of us, how can we show the love of God to the people around us?
How can we be generous to the people we know and meet?
Are we able to offer to pray for people? Are we willing to be honest about our faith?
When we talk with people who we already know, we often talk about what matters or about what we really care about, so why not have a conversation about God? Talk about your faith like it’s normal and tell people how Jesus is making a difference, perhaps in the way he has answered a prayer. This isn’t about being religious or trying to get people with what we believe, it is simply being honest about our faith.
Well done to the Love All Serve All team, you guys are an inspiration and I pray that God would bless, strengthen, encourage and guide you in all you do.