SERVICE AND SYMPATHY

By: Dr. Ricardo G. Salamante

The lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners… and comfort all who mourn. Isaiah 61:1, 2 (NIV)

These powerful words are an invitation and a challenge to Adventist believers and others to emulate the life of service and compassionate ministry of the Master Teacher.

As one of my favorite songs says, “We are His hands, to touch the world around us; we are His feet, to go where He may lead. We are His love burning in the darkness, we are His love shining in the night.”

Yes, we are to be change agents who will help others to the feet of the Master. But to experience the joy of service, we must first be empowered by the Holy Spirit. We must also have the mind of Christ as written in Philippians 2:5, 6, “Let His mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, took the form of a servant and coming in the likeness of man.”
We need to have Christ’s mind because our selfish nature will get in the way of truly loving and serving others.

We can also find empowerment from the Holy Scriptures. No other book has changed the lives of millions. No other book has endured the test of time and countless efforts to silence it forever. Kings and magistrates swear by it. The poorest of the poor find comfort in their promises. It is both history and prophecy, a biography of the greatest saints and sinners. It is a treasure chest of human values, a guide for human conduct.

The Bible is a book of power because it is also a book of love. In scripture after scripture, God sends the message, change is possible because God loves, God forgives, and God empowers.

Salamante, R.G. (February 6, 2017).”The Joy of Serving”. Shine on For Jesus, PPH.

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