Friday, January 06, 2006

Persons of the Year

I wrote the following for our church, and would like to share it here as well:

Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.”

“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

- Jesus, Matthew 25:34-36, 40


Each year, Time Magazine awards its journalistic limelight to an influential individual who is named the “Person of the Year.” This year, the limelight was granted to three people: rock megastar Bono and multimillionaires Bill and Melinda Gates. The three were honored as “Persons of the Year” for their partnership in battling global health concerns such as AIDS in Africa.

“The whole world loves a lover,” the saying goes. It is certainly true that the whole world longs for those who love others, those who rise even a little above the selfishness inherent in a consumer’s world.

Jesus did exactly this, exchanging his privileges for poverty. He did not donate dollars, but something more. He gave himself—entering the skin of the poor and displaced, teaching, healing, and sacrificing his own blood. Through this gift, he made the greatest gift, eternal life, possible to all who believe. And Jesus calls his followers—his family—to imitate his “philanthropy.”

This year, let’s combine our faith with our works and be the “persons of the year” God calls us to be. If done in sincerity, we will not be concerned for recognition—only for the joy of serving the Lord Jesus Christ who gave himself for us.

4 comments:

Joseph Adrian said...

Some Christians think that self denial(and a willingness to give of oneself for the good of others is a sign of Christian maturity),and it most certainly is,but it is also as a person first enters Gods Kingdom ,and initially beomes a Christian that the Lord calls them to deny self and follow Him. This is a daily struggle for all Christians IMO. The degree to which we are sucessful in denying ourselves,will be the degree to which we are useful in the lives of others.
Lord, help us daily to keep this mindset(that we may be increasingly useful in your service),as we seek to give of ourselves by serving others.

jeff tell said...

Hi Ken.

This is very bloggerly of you. How hip.

Jeff

J tell said...

Oooh, I have to have my blog comments approved... I did not know that. Now I'm nervous. Was my comment good enough? Should I have been more substantial? More congratulatory? What if my comment gets turned down? Boy that would be embarrasing. C'mon comment, go comment.

Rraccoon said...

Sometimes Christian charity is treated as something on a "To Do" list. Unfortunately, there is little 'heart' put into it. And God forbid if they have to go to help someone in an "unfortunate" situation. Who wants to be "guilty" by association???
It is a true testimony to a Christian's faith when they lovingly help a brother regardless of the situation. They are helping a brother in need... and doing it as unto the Lord.
Interestingly enough, I have learned the most about serving unselfishly by the example of the unbelievers around me. (Although -I do admit- Christian charity is much more beautiful and pure when exhibited).
Oh, and speaking of Bono & U2... What are your thoughts of "Crumbs From Your Table"... a dear friend of mine thinks it's a wake up call to the church! I am in agreement.