What’s the Difference?

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus was teaching about our acts of service before him and asked the disciples,  “And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” (Mat 5:47 NIV).   He also goes on to caution us to not do our acts of charity to be seen of men, but that is another thought for meditation.

Recently I had occasion to talk with a woman who was doing volunteer work with some Burmese refugees for her local Mormon “church”.  When she heard that I had been helping with the Burmese at our church, she said “We are the same, both helping our church.”  

This comment has caused me to meditate on this subject.  What is the difference between the efforts of this lady and myself?  I invite your comments.  Read some of my previous postings and then participate in this discussion.


About johnmcmurphy

Jesus is first and foremost in my life. He is above all religions, principalities and powers. In everything He must increase and I must decrease. Into the hands of Jesus, God has placed life and death, truth and purity. strength and meaning. Only in a growing understanding of the triune God, and his son Jesus can I do, breathe, exist and serve. I have a Bachelor's degree in Bible from Vennard College, a Master's in Social Science from Azusa Pacific University and a Ph. D. from Ohio State in Family Relations and Human Development. I am an ordained pastor involved in cross-cultural ministry. I am currently employed at several colleges as an instructor. If you need to get in touch with me, just leave a comment, I screen all comments and so you can leave further contact information which I will erase before it is published. -John

Posted on July 13, 2008, in Not for the Faint of Heart!, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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