Loving The Unlovely
In his book, "The Be-Happy Attitudes," Dr. Robert Schuller tells the following interesting story.
Years ago a teenager born in Yugoslavia responded to God's call on her life. A missionary's strong challenge to give her life to teaching in India resulted in her appointment to the city of Calcutta.
Some months later she saw a sight that completely revolutionized her life, and would ultimately bring her worldwide fame. What was the sight? It was a homeless, dying woman lying in the gutter, being eaten by rats. Compassion compelled her to beg an abandoned Hindu temple from the government, and convert it into a crude makeshift hospital for the dying. Her comment became her life's thrust: "If there is a God in heaven, and a Christ we love, nobody should die alone."
This woman later established colonies for over 10,000 lepers in 28 cities. She was interviewed by the late Malcolm Muggereidge from the BBC News. "Mother Teresa, the thing I noticed about you and the hundreds of sisters who now form your team is that you all look so happy. Is that a put-on?"
"Oh no, not at all," she replied. "Nothing makes you happier than when you really reach out in mercy to someone who is badly hurt."
Service is its own reward. True mercy begets genuine joy.
Sometimes Christians get so caught up in their organizations and their favorite doctrines that they forget the most important thing about God's revelation in Christ and our faith, and that is love. Our Lord said, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35, NIV).
He also said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments" (Matthew 22:37:40, NIV).
Our Lord Jesus set the example. He did not die just for his family and disciples, but for the whole world. "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8, NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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