We live in unprecedented days. Not since the Second World War have we known such massive movement of peoples. One of the greatest problems of this generation is migration and refugees. As individuals we have very little control of these issues, or at least that is how it seems to me.
Of course as a democratic nation, we have our vote, as Christians we can pray, and because we are blessed to live in a free nation we can use peaceful protest. But at the end of the day, I am chiefly responsible for my attitude and my actions.
At the end of Matthew 25 Jesus says, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was hungry and you fed me, I was in prison and you visited me, I was a stranger and you took me in. Confused, the people asked Him, Lord when did we do that? His answer reveals to us His impartiality, ‘When you did it to these the least of my brothers you did it for me.’ (All my paraphrase.)
In all the problems we face as a nation at this time, I don’t want the media to form my opinions, I want Jesus to be my role model, I want the Bible to be my guide and I want the Holy Spirit to be my prompter. I want faith not fear to direct my steps and my attitudes.
And Jesus makes it clear, every time we reach out to others to help in even the smallest insignificant way, we are doing it to and for Him. When we talk to an old person, giving them the dignity of being a precious human being, we do it for Him. When we smile at a stranger or foreigner, when we reach out to help, when we buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person, when we visit the sick or those in prison, when we collect food for the poor, when we support a child in a third world nation, when we give to provide clean water, we are doing it to Him and for Him.
Hebrews 13.2 says ,’ Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.’
Many years ago, David and I took in a little group of children who had walked across the fields from an estate a few miles away. They knocked on our door, tired and hungry and unable to find food. So we fed them sandwiches and milk and as we waved them off we both had the same feeling, ‘Have we just entertained angels?’
Philippians 2.5 says, ‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Jesus.’
Next blog will be, How can our attitude be the same as Jesus, How do we become more Christlike? (Perhaps not what you think.)