World needs demand more than money

Spiritual Outlook with K.A. Zachary

The invention of the Internet has provided a window to the world for all who wish to visit. In an instant, with a click of a button, one is allowed to view major news stories from around the globe. Interested perusers may easily discover front page stories in every language, all crying for attention to problems money cannot solve.

Though it is quite popular to think money can solve everything, the corruption revealed in our world’s problems runs deep and the cure is not as simple as throwing trinkets to outstretched hands. The needs of our world must be discerned by a heart enlightened with divine wisdom and when we pause long enough to be touched we will discover problems crying out for more than a passing observance. For what is the world crying? Love.

Everyone needs love, even more than they need money. Mother Teresa was known for her lifelong sacrificial service to the needs of others. In response to those who thought to participate in aiding her service she said, “Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go” (Random Acts of Kindness, Conari Press, 56).

Some casual readers of the Bible have questioned the teaching of Jesus on the subject of peace. In one passage he said he did not come to bring peace (Matthew 10:34), and yet in another passage he said he was going to leave his peace with his disciples (John 14:27). How can this be resolved? Frederick Buechner may have provided the solution where he writes, “The contradiction is resolved when you realize that for Jesus peace seems to have meant not the absence of struggle but the presence of love” (Federick Buechner, Listening to Your Life, Harper Collins, 240).

Jesus did not come to bring the absence of struggle (the world’s definition of peace), rather he came to bring the presence of love (the real definition of peace). Jesus said to his disciples, “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35).

The church is present to help the world in many ways, but the most important message the church has for the world is the message of the love of God. God’s love is reaching out to the crying, hurting, suffering individuals of this pain-filled planet.

John 3:16 is the most widely known verse in all the Bible “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” The world needs to hear this message of God’s love and His gracious provision of salvation. Christians, those who know about God’s saving power, are present of this planet to express God’s love to those crying out for a living expression of its reality.

In I Corinthians 13:4-7, the Apostle Paul describes the type of love God has ordained to be on display through the church. Paul says this type of love conquers, overcomes, remains, and endures. It is long-suffering and kind; it does not practice envy; it is not arrogant or proud; it is careful in its representation; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily provoked and chooses to take no account of evil done. Love rejoices in truth and with faith at its side and hope in its heart it is impossible to defeat – for it endures all things.

The pages of our newspapers tell the sad stories, the pages of the Holy Bible tell the story of hope. The Christian knows both stories and it is my prayer that you will know both as well. If you are reaching up for God’s help I assure you He is reaching down for your rescue. Pray to Him and believe that He will help.