When I first learned about the attack in Manchester, I was speechless. For several hours following and into the next day, I was physically sick from crying. I didn’t know any of the victims personally, but my heart still broke for them.
All I could think about were the families that were directly affected. All I could pray was that those who passed knew Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
From this tragedy, the Lord reminded me of His heart. I often pray that the Lord would take my heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). That my heart would break for what breaks His.
And I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God’s heart hurt deeply the night of the attack. I know God’s heart is burdened when senseless violence like this happens daily all over the world. I know His heart is saddened by our neglect of the souls around us.
Philippians 2:3 reads “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;”
What I noticed about this verse is that Paul doesn’t give us a “but” at the end of the sentence. Neither did he write to the church a list of exceptions to the rule. I don’t see that attitude anywhere in Scripture.
The commandment second only to loving the LORD God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind is to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Luke 10:27).
Humility is not synonymous with being a doormat. That’s the definition of being a pushover. Humility is actively living out the truth that God put you on this earth in this day and in this age for the purpose of using the gifts and talents He has placed within you to serve His kingdom and share His Name. (Acts 17:26-28)
God didn’t create us so that we could focus on finding a spouse, filling our bank account, becoming the CEO, having kids, or traveling the world. He appointed us and anointed us to do follow His perfect plan, to walk in His will.
But in our pride, we often look inward instead of outward. We focus on what makes us happy and comfortable. We are called to so much more than how we’re living. There are people all around us, people with eternal spirits, who need to hear the Gospel message.
When did we begin to believe the lie that they aren’t worth it? When did we fall into the trap that this life is all about me, me, me? Because if we stay silent, brother and sisters, people will die and go to an eternal hell. Do we understand what eternal means? It’s not a season or a fleeting moment. It’s not 1,000 years or even 1,000,000,000. It’s endless. Forever.
As Christians, we have the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us. Regard others as more important than you. Love them wholly. Serve them kindly. Honor God faithfully.