Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Let love guide your life: Serving God through care and compassion

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, as Christ had taught: "Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love."

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Christ and His apostles stressed how important it is for Christians to serve God, not encumbered by a sense of duty, but instead with a burning desire to serve and a genuine concern for those who have yet to hear of Christ. Without love as the guiding force of thoughts and actions, a person's faith is like a hollow vessel.

Christians can find different ways of proclaiming and demonstrating their love for God—tithing, donating food and other items, volunteering in the community and the like—but they all boil down to compassion—love—and a great sense of service.

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The greatest act of service, one Jesus calls all His followers to do, is partaking in the Great Commission. Christian groups around the world respond to this call by praying for, supporting and sending Christians to share the message of hope in Christ with people in the world who have not heard or understood Jesus’ call. As people in these places understand the love of Jesus, they in turn respond by sharing this Good News with their friends, families and other members of their community.

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Life on earth is too short not to take advantage of God's great invitation to serve the world in love and witness previously unreached people come to the Lord. They come with the hope of being healed and transformed by His amazing grace. Jesus told His disciples that people would recognize them by their love for one another, and as Christians share this love, the world does take notice.  

Through locally trained missionaries, Gospel for Asia makes God's love known to people living in unreached regions of the world. Learn more about the organization’s transformative mission on this website.