We began, journeyed through, and ended Black History Month with time set aside to recognize those who had done notable things - inside and outside of the Zion Memorial Church Family. And, we heard many stories of inspiration. Thank God for those who have done well.
We need to be careful in how we use our positions of notoriety and honor. Some use such positions to shine light on themselves that divide. But, some do otherwise and use their positions to build bridges, bring people together, help others out.
Jesus had a word for His disciples about just that.
In Mark 10:42-45, Jesus said, "You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."
Could it be any clearer than that?
In the world, the great are served and those who are first make people slave for them.
In Christ, the great serve and those who are first make themselves slaves to others.
So, you want to be great? So, you want to be first? Christian?
Let us make sure that in our walk, we are truly striving to be Christians, Christ followers, in this world in everything that we think, say and do.
Through God's word, we know the best way. Let us show the world the best way.
Part of learning and knowing is coming together to learn and know. Last Wednesday, our attendance was lighter than usual. Life happens. I understand.
This is another HOPE Wednesday. Let us strive together to be there with and for each as we seek the best way.
I hope and pray to see all of you this evening. Make no excuses. Make your way. And, bring someone with you.
And, remember, God loves you and I love you too.