Acts 20: 35
“35 In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Have you ever thought what your last words would be to those you love? Would they be something profound? Would they be something poetic? Would it be an expression of love or some life advice?
In this scripture, Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and was speaking to the elders of the church at Ephesus. He told them that he would never see them again. So, his words were to be his last words to them; his most important words.
He told them to serve others. Service done through faith is service founded on love. Through the service of others, especially the least, the last, and the lost, we are examples of Christ in the world. We are examples of Christ’s love, mercy and grace.
Christianity, then, is the light in the darkness. It is the calm in the chaos. It is the love amidst hate.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)