CHRISTIAN VIEWPOINT: Serve others rather than ourselves

First published in Opinion

Whether the bullies, the hard-boiled and the ruthless among us are happy and well balanced people is not my main interest right now.

What concerns me is that such people do often appear to ‘get on in the world’.

This forces me to consider the astonishing reversal of values both taught and lived by Jesus Christ and ask do his values still have relevance today?

Repeatedly Jesus told his followers: “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Jesus was nailed to a wooden cross and died. Then, there was another reversal. Jesus rose from the dead which is what we celebrate at Easter. That changed everything. Since that day his followers have been enabled to glimpse the deepest level of reality that can be known on this earth.

They possess the simple truth that the greatest thing we can do is spend our lives serving others rather than ourselves.

Nigel Saxton

Sandylands Methodist Church

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8:12pm Thu 24 Apr 14

kendal brat says...

"They possess the simple truth that the greatest thing we can do is spend our lives serving others rather than ourselves."

I have to say that most of my Christian friends don't spend their lives serving others.
Nor is it a particularly Christian trait to do so.

The selfish 'ownership' of altruism by Christians that has been perpetuated here and in the national media is offensive to those of other beliefs and none.
"They possess the simple truth that the greatest thing we can do is spend our lives serving others rather than ourselves." I have to say that most of my Christian friends don't spend their lives serving others. Nor is it a particularly Christian trait to do so. The selfish 'ownership' of altruism by Christians that has been perpetuated here and in the national media is offensive to those of other beliefs and none. kendal brat
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