Living For Others

William Booth, the Founder of the Salvation Army, had a deep love for the Lord and the poor of London. In fact, the Salvation Army was founded in the slums of London in a nation that was not very kind to the poor. Booth was even arrested for practicing charity among the poor. 

During that era, the needs of the poor were tremendous, and the times were difficult for all. As a result, his work multiplied. He was told that there was a similar need in America and decided to send some “volunteers” from his Army to America to begin the same work here.

On one occasion, the American Salvation Army was having a convention. Although he could not attend, he was asked to send a message to those in attendance. He cabled one word only: “Others!”

There is a great danger when we do not think of or see or hear “Others!” Paul warned about it when he wrote, “Don’t be selfish: don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”

It is almost impossible to imagine the impact that we Christians could have on the world if we took Paul’s words to heart. Imagine with me, if you can, how different the world would be if we accepted the problems of others as though they were ours, and do something about them.

Prayer:  Help me, Father, to accept my responsibility to be moved with compassion and act with compassion to meet their needs. May I work with You to help others. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3

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