Monday, January 27, 2014

"Unselfish Act Of Love"

"There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat." Matthew 26:7
The Bible records several stories of people who unselfishly gave to Jesus- the woman with the alabaster box, the widow and her mite, etc. I want to share a modern day story of unselfish giving that I am sure would have been written in the pages of the Bible. As you know the ministry operates a thrift store. We take in donations of clothing and other items and use them to help people. The other day a lady and her daughter came to the store and brought a clothing donation. It was a rather large donation- one large plastic container, a box and several bags. I discovered that these donations were the result of a request made by the daughter. The daughter had just turned 11 years old a few days before. For her birthday she requested that no one give her gifts, instead she wanted them to bring clothes that they could donate to help others. I can't tell you how deeply touched I was at hearing this. 
I decided to share it with you because the Bible says that "a child shall lead them". This was one of the most unselfish acts I have ever seen. It so reminded me of Jesus and His unselfish act of love for us when He went to the cross and died for our sins. As His followers, we should live an unselfish life. How often do we think about "self"? How much of what we do centers around what "I want"? When was the last time we made any sacrifice for the cause of Christ, or just to bless someone else? Are you always on your mind? Is it all about what makes you happy? An 11 year old girl gave up the opportunity to receive presents on her birthday because she wanted to help someone else and saw a way to do that. Often we think we have nothing to give or there is nothing we can do. Well, that isn't true. This little girl proved that. She "led us" by showing us that there is a way-- just stop thinking about yourself. The less we think about self, the more we will think about others. The more we think about others the more the Lord can and will work through our lives to reach others for His glory.
Have a great day. When was the last time you demonstrated an unselfish act of love?
For further reading:
Isaiah 11:6
Matthew 21:16; 16:25; 25:45
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