July 29, 2020
Former British Prime Minister, William E. Gladstone, was in a crisis in his political career and was preparing his speech to the parliament at 2 a.m. in the morning. At that hour, a poor mother saw the light on in his house, knocked on the door and requested that he bring some hope to her sick son. Without hesitation, Gladstone left his half finished speech on his desk and spent the remainder of the night with the child bringing him to Christ before he died. As the morning light dawned, he faced the day with confidence, peace and power.  He remarked to a friend that morning, “I am the happiest man in the world today.” When asked, “Why?”  He replied that the previous night he was allowed to serve a child in the name of the Master. Later that day, Gladstone made the greatest speech of his life in the House of Commons and went on to a triumphant victory. Someone put it this way, “The superior man stands erect by bending and lifting others.”
Service to others is the call of every Christian. The Biblical character that the Catholic and Eastern Churches celebrate today is Martha, a patron saint of servants and cooks.  This celebration is also known as the festival of Moors. There are great lessons we can learn from the Marthas in the church. They are the energizer bunnies in the church, they are always moving around serving. Making sure the thermostat is in order, the food is ready and all the other needs of the church are attended to in a timely manner. Without mentioning names, some of the Marthas in our church have been serving without applause and our church is what it is today because of their tireless service. It is not a duty to serve Christ, it is a privilege to serve as Martha did. I am not saying spirituality is not important, but is it possible that spirituality is the result of service to others? The Marys out there need to remember that service is worship and the Marthas need to remember that worship is service.
Very early in my career when I was doing ingathering in Bangalore, India, a Hindu gentleman that I met only once in my life and don’t even remember his name said something that has been ingrained in my mind. “Selfless service to the needy is better than selfish meditation of the greedy.” It was Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service for others.” Let me close with this statement, “Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you. Feel privileged that you are a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.”
Franklin David
Shalom, Shalom!
“See the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable.”