Heart to Heart
Sunday 20 April 2014
Every now and then we hear a story of sheer heroism. A man jumps in front of an on-coming car to push a child out of harm’s way or a person dives into a rushing river to save an older person. We marvel at how brave the person has been, at how courageous their selfless act was.
Jesus uses the shepherd as an example – he tells of how the “Good Shepherd” lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11). And then, on Good Friday, Jesus put his money where his mouth was. He layed down his life for his sheep.
The most disturbing part of Jesus’ story is that he counts his self-sacrifice not as a “once off” event but as a model for all of us who choose to follow him, to walk in his “way” We are called to lay down our lives for Jesus’ sheep. In some circumstances this may involve physical danger or even death but mostly, this responsibility is simply to consider others before ourselves.
Henri Nouwen writes: “One of the greatest gifts we can give others is ourselves….by doing so, we become Christ-like shepherds”. Why don’t you give someone the gift of yourself this Easter? Turn off the TV, silence the cell phone, put down the laptop and the tablet …and give yourself. Love your wife, spoil your husband, play with your children, phone your parents, invite family and friends to lunch. Stop shopping, stop longing to be entertained!
Give someone the gift of being with you.
Lots of love.
We’d love to get to know you, please introduce yourselves to our ministers, Selaotswe, George or Mukondi as they greet you at the door.