re·cip·ro·ca·tion (rĭ-sĭp’rə-kā’shən) n.
1. an act or instance of reciprocating.
2. a returning, usually for something given.
3. a mutual giving and receiving.
Perhaps even more pronounced than the black and white issue in Memphis is the green issue. Our deep divisions have led to greater poverty, lower education, employment and income levels, and higher crime rates.
The Samaritan woman could not keep the Living Water to herself and neither can we. As we have received mercy, we offer mercy. Forgiveness of our sins leads to freedom spiritually, emotionally and physically.
Much more than handouts are needed to bring healing to our broken city. As God stepped down to earth and became flesh, we must enter into the poverty of our neighbors and offer ourselves. Jacob’s Well is a place where our more enfranchised can connect relationally and financially with those disenfranchised in our city.
In context of ministry with those who are hungry, thirsty, alone, naked, sick and in prison, Jesus says, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me” (Matt. 25:40). We encounter Christ in poverty; therefore, mercy ministry is by nature reciprocal. Rather than view ourselves as “fixed” people going to heal the broken, we are like one beggar sharing water with another. We are blessed to be a blessing.