First of all, I would like to apologize for my tardiness in not posting a new blog for quite some time. I could tell you that I’ve been busy with work here at the Mission, and I have, but the truth be known, I’ve really just been enjoying the summer! Even as I write this today, I’m getting ready for more holidays in August. 🙂 I’m a blessed man!
Secondly, I want to take the time to say thanks to all of the platinum sponsors for the Mission’s 13th annual ‘Love Your Neighbour’ fundraising banquet which we held in the evening, on Monday May the 9th. So to PAR Contracting Ltd, Custom Creations, Spartan Controls, Gateway Christian Fellowship, Custom Truck Sales, Dewdney Ave Drugs, Grain Services Union, and Dream Development, thanks so much for loving your neighbor as yourself by financially supporting this banquet, and in the end helping us to raise even more funds for the work the Mission does. And to WESTRIDGE CONSTRUCTION … your Diamond Sponsorship, and your even bigger commitment, is an excellent example of not only loving your neighbor as yourself, but of RADICALLY loving your neighbor as yourself! THANKS SO MUCH!
One day, as I was reflecting on the banquet, and on all of the stories of success that were shared that night, I began to wonder what loving your neighbor could really look like if we simply followed Westridge Construction’s lead, and really stepped up our game. I mean when Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves, Mark 12:31, it wasn’t just words, it was a commandment, and he modeled that for us with a radical love in action! For instance, he fed thousands at one time, and he did it more than once, (Mark 8:1-10 and Matthew 14:13-21), and ultimately he gave up his life for us! (John 15:13)
Unfortunately, I think that today there are many people within the Christian community who’ve simply settled on the idea of loving their neighbours out of what they have to spare. Perhaps, we’ve even talked ourselves into thinking that tithing to the church is good enough, after all, we have our retirement to consider right? Though I don’t even know if retirement is a biblical principal. And what about storing up treasure in heaven? See Matthew 6:19-21. And then there’s Paul who said that he poured all of himself out for the faith, see Philippians 2:17. He didn’t save anything, even going as far as to challenge us to try and fully understand the depth of Christ’s radical love for us, see Ephesians 3:18.
Anyway, I’m not telling you to sell all you have and give the money to the poor. I’m just challenging you to do more, to love radically! The bible has many examples of this; the widow and the oil (1 Kings 17:7-16), the widow’s mite (Mark 12:41-44), and Mary and the alabaster jar (Matthew 26:6-13). Let the Lord lead you in this, but maybe you can do something like buying someone a car, taking someone on a shopping spree for clothes, paying someone’s rent, paying for someone’s vacation when they can’t afford to go anywhere, paying for someone’s tuition, build a church in a 3rd world country, and so on. And if you’re on the receiving end of such love … you had better remember to pass that on as best as you can too. God’s love is meant to be so much more than the ‘beggar’s change’ in your pocket! I guess what I’m really saying is that I think we can still change the world with love, through a radical love in action! My question is: are you with me?