In life it’s delightful to live simply and share our gifts with others. That’s how we can capture the dignity of living fulfilled lives. Life is all about faithful service, and by understanding different in cultures, we’ll love God more, as well as our neighbors. We’ll be able to capture the truth about brotherly and sisterly love. Our acts of affection will satisfy many biblical promises in the world. Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910–1997), a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary said, “Let us meet each other with [a] smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” Knowingly and unknowingly people take their cues from believers.
The Road in Life
Being in Christ there’s a surge of new life. This could be seen in our churches. There are those people, who even express this blessing in their daily walk. Their demeanor shows the embodiment of the merciful love of God. This sort of love is effective for its healing. It doesn’t discriminate, nor makes distinctions. It’s through this caring bridges are built in our world. These are visual signs of God’s love working within and through us. People’s love is simply embraced and nurtured. It’s an ever-watchful as we continue our spiritual journey. But there’s another way to determine love’s effectiveness. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist minister, activist, and African-American Civil Rights Movement leader wrote, “A genuine leader is not a searcher of consensus but a molder of consensus.” It’s for Christians to take people where they are, and bring them along the path of righteousness.
Kingdom of Life
It isn’t enough only to be a lover of life, for such people may be selfish in their desires. It’s wrong to be self-centered and living a life without God. News about God mustn’t be buried, but proclaimed to build confidence in the world. To know the glory of Christ we’ve to be creators, who are willing to show others love. This is how we demonstrate the power of everlasting life entrusted to believers. Ralph Ellison (1914–1994), a novelist and literary critic said, “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison and destroy.” There’s a big difference between “worldly” and “spiritual” love. Unlike “worldly,” the “spiritual” enlightens and uplifts our hearts and minds.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), an Irish playwright, novelist, and poet wrote, “Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and to do more.” People could only attain these gifts by accepting our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in their lives. How we live is determined not only by what we see, but by unseen forces.
People must be compassionate towards others. One of the ways that they can accomplish this is by interacting with them. As missionaries we have to be compassionate by the way we treat people. By being loving custodians we’ve to model the love of Christ. This is the beginning of love that reaches out to our communities.
Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), a former professional boxer said, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” Undoubtedly if people believed they must serve, for it’s the way they must pay back for their stay on earth, this world would be a far better place. People wouldn’t be so self-centered, but see themselves more as their brothers and sisters’ keepers on earth. To accomplish such goals are to walk simply in love, and serve others.