“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Acts 3:6
This message comes to you at a point when in some parts of the world hatred is shown against Christians especially in India where the intention behind the humanitarian service of Christians is ridiculed and questioned. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the early Apostolic church was active, focused and functional. Three of the main activities of the Apostles were waiting on God in prayer and praise (Refer Acts 2:42-47), adding believers to the church by preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Refer Acts 2:38-41) and serving the physical needs of the believers (Refer Acts 6:1-4). Apart from that, The church was inspired by the Holy Spirit and the church was expressive in using the Spiritual gifts for the glory of God. Jesus was the chief cornerstone on whom the church was built, and whatever they did, they did it “in the name of Jesus Christ”. When Peter and John found a crippled man on their way to the temple, they gave him what they had, healing in the name of Jesus. God’s love for this world is expressed through the preaching, teaching and healing ministries of Jesus Christ. God established the seed of love in us through faith in Jesus who inspires us also to act through different means. Jesus Christ commissioned us to preach the Good news to all the people of the world (Refer Mark 16:15-16) and Christians throughout the world are working towards this great cause. And not only that, He expects us to love and serve others (Refer Matthew 25:31-46), (Refer Luke 10:30-37), (Refer Galatians 2:10). These acts of love are inspired by the life of Jesus Christ with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. These days people expect us to hide our Christian identity while doing humanitarian services. But how can we conceal the very reason which makes us serve others? We can never hide the person who inspires us and helps us to do the work we do. On the contrary, we who follow Christ should be able to stand up and say in the lines of Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16). Whether it is preaching, serving, educating or any other human service, it needs to be done in the name of Jesus. If the world wants to name our service to humanity in the form of preaching the Gospel, serving the poor, providing education, building hospitals and our yearning to deliver human souls from destruction as “conversion”, let them name it. Let us stand up in love and say to them that we are inspired by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, and we will continue to inspire the world through His grace until we see transformation in the lives of people in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). We will continue to show love, not because we are good but because we are loved by God who loves all the people of this world! Let us continue to serve with Humility, Sincerity and Love!