Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 KJV)
What greatest gift have you ever given to your spouse or friend? Or what greatest gift have you ever received from your spouse or friend? If it is love for self-pressured, then your love for that person would have deadline. Your love would become useless. It is sad thing for me to hear that the American churches are more into selling themselves to the world as greatest evangelists rather than working as God’s servants for His lost people.
Even though I’m not against the works of evangelism, there are many preachers out in other countries for fame, power, and wealth. As we see today, many people have learned that giving money to the television ministries are the ways to receive their gift of blessings from God. The works of ministries are not about getting fortune, but they are about reaching the lost souls to Jesus Christ. Put away our own desire moment and start thinking how to bless other people in our communities with using God-given talents and skills. Apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
The greatest gift that we ever received from God was the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for our sins. Jesus didn’t say in John 15:13 to glorify Himself. No! He tried to teach His disciples about the value of friendship. Proverbs 17:10 says, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
Jesus did the only thing for us that no other gods can do. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” Allah, Krishna , Buddha, or Virgin Mary didn’t die for our sins. Even though God let Virgin Mary to be the mother of His Son, Jesus, she lived as we are living. She didn’t have any special divine power or wasn’t sinless. But God choose her to bring forth His Son to the world.
If we read Luke 1-2, the angels of God didn’t start to appear to rich people to bring the announcement to the world, but to the shepherds. Even though God loves and cares for everybody, He especially is looking for unfortunate people in spirits.