Sharing the Love of Christ
The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord— the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him.
The Pharisees then said to one another, “You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!”
Sharing the Love of Christ
Nothing could have prepared me for our welcoming into the village we received in Bo, Sierra Leone.
When we arrived at our first village I was, as were the rest of our group, surrounded by the throng of villagers. I have never experienced being in a throng before. Children mostly surrounded me, smiling and laughing and talking. Overcome with warmth of emotion I pumped my two fists in the air and shouted, only being heard by the children closest to me, “This is BIG!” The few that could hear me above the song smiled, and pumped their fists in the air and shouted back to me, “Yes, this is BIG!”
While we were there we were educated by local leaders about the organization, communication and a 10-day distribution of 300,000 insecticide impregnated bed nets to prevent malaria by 2700 volunteers. This initiative had been well-designed, extensive and largely complete for this Bo district. Bo is only one district, and there are eleven more districts in Sierra Leone.
Paul tells us in Philippians Chapter 2 that since we have received the love of Christ that we are to be like-minded and to share that love and concern for others, not for our own glorification, but because we truly value others. Those in Africa who are suffering the ravages of death due to malaria truly need our help, and God willing we will stand united, and be generous in our contributions to help eradicate this disease.
Dear Lord, make me an instrument of your peace and love by sharing with others, that they may have freedom from the disease of malaria. May we do this not for our own ambition, but simply out of interest and love that we have for others, as Christ has for us. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Peter L. Paulson is Lay Leader for the Sangamon River District