Saturday, August 12, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, August 12, 2023

Let Us Give Ourselves To God’s Work


Martin Luther King once said, “If you have not discovered something you are willing to die for, then you are not fit to live.”  Jesus laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16).  You may not be called to sacrifice your physical life but greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).


My fellow pastor is currently being attacked because of his faith and commitment to the things of God.  However, he is still unmovable in his resolve to serve God. We must ask ourselves, “If this pastor is willing to risk his life, for what cause am I even willing to lay down my creature comforts?  For example, can I sacrifice cable to send money for starving children at home and abroad?


We might ask ourselves, “Can I spend an afternoon entertaining the child of a single parent? Could I spend an hour stopping at a nursing home to visit the aged whose offspring have left them alone.”  Instead of complaining about the infighting of our political system, have I involved myself by at least praying for those who have rule over us and clearly sharing my civic concerns with them?


Can we sacrifice our time, resources, and efforts for another? We may not be called like the prophets of old and the martyrs of the present to lay down our lives for others but let us at least sacrifice to help others.  The Bible tells that how we treat the least of us, we are doing it to our Savior.  Let us ask God for wisdom to guide us in our help to others.


1 John 3:16

New International Version

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.


John 15:13

King James Version

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.


Matthew 25:40

New International Version

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’


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