My Time, Your Hands
Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)
Each July we recall names like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Ross, and Franklin. The legacies established by these men and women endure.
To celebrate our nation’s independence, communities held parades and fireworks. Residents were encouraged to enjoy family time, visit historic sites, and consider the high price of freedom.
Times like this should prompt us to consider the legacies we leave. What is it we do that will linger in the memories of family, friends, and succeeding generations?
Some have called this the “me-first” generation, characterized by acts aimed at self-preservation and personal advancement. Yet, that is not the legacy God looks for from his children:
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8–9)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3–5)
There is nothing in these verses that sounds self-serving. Rather, our legacy is to be one of love, commitment, and sacrifice – imitating Christ in all things (1 Peter 2:21).
To imitate Christ we help others with our time and resources. We won’t settle for merely displaying pity. We are called to action. The Apostle John said it simply:
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
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