Unfortunately, our world is not that different from the times of the Apostle Paul’s time. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul warned against being self-centered, and ignoring those around us who may need our help or be our friends.
Today, it’s all about three people; me, myself and I. We think of others only when all our needs are met; and even then only as an afterthought. The Apostle Paul suffered much for his ministry and the churches he founded and all those who converted to Christianity. He spent time in prison, was lashed and even spit upon, all for his faith in Christ.
Imagine how much better our world would be if we all cared for each other. It’s an idealistic view, I know, but if we took the time to love our neighbors, we might be surprised at how contagious it could be.
Paul says in Philippians 2:2-4: “1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
If we can only avoid selfish ambition and vain conceit, and humble ourselves before our fellow-man, even as Jesus humbled himself before the whole world; what a wonderful world this would be.
Start small, try being nice to one total stranger, help him with some need he has, and work up from there. As you continue to help others, those around you will see your good works and hopefully they will emulate you. And, as others see us, it will grow and grow until we all are emulating Christ who started the whole thing in the first place.
Imagine a cul-de-sac, then a neighborhood, then a small town, then a city, county, state, country, continent and dare I dream, the whole world. Instead of “I’d like to teach the world to sing”, it could be “I’d like to teach the world to love”! Call me a dreamer, but it is what Jesus commanded us to do at the Last Supper, and He was serious!
If you can stop to help one person, then the chain has been started.