…. Building relationships is primary; providing assistance is secondary.
Our God exists as a triune relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As humans, we are created in God’s image. Consequently, we were created to live in harmonious relationship with God, ourselves, one another and all of creation. At the beginning of creation, all relationships were life-giving. Following the Fall, all these relationships were tainted and our greatest need became the restoration of the original nature of our original relationships.
Relationships creation and restoration are at the core of Six Treasures Ministries. All of us, whether materially rich or materially poor, need healthy relationships in order to live to our full potential. And all of us have great potential. Every person has God-given capacity to be creative and productive. Everyone has something to offer. As a result, Six Treasures Ministries forms relationships based on the assets people bring. This is fundamentally different than relationships that are based on needs. Needs-based relationships are one way – one giver and one receiver – one offering assistance, one receiving assistance. Asset-based relationships are two-way: both individuals give and receive – both contribute to the growth and development of the other.
…. We intentionally “go out” rather than only “inviting in.”
One of our favorite sayings here at Six Treasures is “Out of the pew and into the streets.” This phrase has become a popular mantra for modern day Christians who desire to live out their faith – not just within the walls of the church, but also in the world as we find it today. Jesus certainly modeled this sort of life. He spent so much time “in the world” and among its people that he was labeled “a glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.” (Luke 7:34) Jesus called us to be “the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14) His Great Commission was to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15) These passages and many others give us a clear indication that our greatest works are to be done not in the pews but in the streets.
Not only have we come to see getting into the streets as our responsibility, but God has also made it our passion. Our deepest joy is found in “being Jesus” to those we serve and doing so – literally – where they are: where they are physically, where they are spiritually, where they are morally. As we do this, we constantly remember that when it came to meeting our need for salvation, Jesus did “not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but he made himself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant.” (Philippians 2:6-7) Jesus came into our world to reach us. How can we do any less in reaching out to others? We pray to live as “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which [we] shine like stars in the universe as [we] hold out the word of life.” (Philippians 2:15-16)