Monday, April 25, 2011
Spiritual Theme: Interest of Others
Faith Alive’s Spiritual Theme for April, “Interest of Others,” is from Philippians 2:3-4: "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." (NIV)
Easter reminds us that Jesus laid down his life--literally--for the interests of others. Pastor Ben challenges us to consider how we might step out of the comfort and safety of our lifestyles to help others. He says, “We are proud of our colour, race, country, family, social status, natural endowment, financial statues, etc., so that the call to serve the lower classes has yielded little or no response.” Their stories and photos, he asserts, reach the ends of the earth to create good messages and sometimes to raise funds, but the poor are left largely untouched. “Oh God," prays Pastor Ben. "Bring back to us the lost love, zeal and commitment that will help us to serve better."
I can close my eyes and hear Dr. Ben's loud, powerful voice conclude by saying, "In the miiiightyyyy name of Jeeeesuuuuuss, Amen."