Our theme for this month: “Life on this side of the cross”
Our Bible verse for today: “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Look out for the needs of others”
Prior to the current outbreak and massive community response to the COVID 19 pandemic, we had already been considering this month what life is supposed to look like for Christians on this side of the cross. In other words, once Jesus ushered the world into a brand new age, and since on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came to earth to live in the hearts of the followers of Christ and to continue Christ’s work on earth through the lives of His followers, what does that mean for those of us who live in this age? How then should we live?
Throughout the almost 2000 years since the coming of the Holy Spirit, one of the hallmarks of the conduct of the committed followers of Christ has been acts of compassion and kindness towards those who are suffering. Whether the situation was famine, plague, natural disaster, political upheaval, or hard economic times, Christians have always waded right into the situation, bringing help and healing in the name of Jesus Christ – and almost always, at great sacrifice to themselves. Many thousands of books have been written chronicling the great humanitarian services of Christians throughout the ages.
That work continues today. Recently a town adjacent to ours was devastated by a tornado. The response from the churches was overwhelming as more help immediately pored into that community than they could use. I have a couple of friends who are both medical professionals. They serve on the Samaritan’s Purse (SP) medical disaster relief team. They are some of those special individuals who, when a disaster strikes anywhere in the world, they put their own lives on hold, get on an SP plane, fly to the disaster scene, set-up a medical camp, and spend weeks or sometimes longer serving sacrificially in a high risk environment. They are both currently serving with an SP team in northern Italy in the middle of one of the worst outbreaks of COVID 19 anywhere in the world.
Here at home, in the middle of the pandemic as it exists in our own communities, there are many opportunities to be a blessing to others who are in need as a result of what’s going on, and who might be less able to help themselves than you are. Doing so would be in the best tradition of our great and noble Christian history of humanitarian relief in the midst of a crisis. Tomorrow we will consider some practical ways in which we can all that.