Whether you know it or not, we are all gifted with abilities allowing us to make an impact on our environment. Every human being coming to Earth has something to offer in a way that is unique to them. It often takes just a bit of selflessness and love for us to find out how we are able to help the world around us.Everyone of us should consider themselves a gift to humanity. But, before we start reaching out to our neighbors, we need to find out what we are actually willing to offer them. In fact, there are two types of offering we can bring to the world:
One that is about the left-over, what we do not want or no longer need; and one that is about our first fruits, what we cherish and continue to value.
In Genesis 4, the Bible tells the story of two men, Cain and Abel, who brought their offerings to The Lord. It is said that Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as his offering while Abel brought the fat portions from the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering but did not approve that of Cain. The key difference between Cain and Abel’s offerings is not about fruits and livestock but about the quality of their sacrifice to God. Abel presented the premium portion of his possessions in his service to God, a sign of devotion and valuable sacrifice which paints a vivid picture of the condition of his heart; while Cain chose to spare his first fruits for himself, only to bring to The Lord what his selfishness could afford to lose.
This passage of the scriptures is teaching us about the importance of giving what matters. That may only come from loving hearts willing to make sacrifices that create positive impact. It’s a fact that we live in a world who struggles to share, to trust, and to love. Humanity destroys itself with fight among groups, such as social clashes, battle of religions, and race war to name a few. Therefore, the need for altruism, compassion, and neighbor’s love cannot be overemphasized.
As Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” That shows Christians have a responsibility to influence the world in a way that brings mankind closer to the communion ordained by God. It is surely not an easy mission to cultivate generosity in a world racing for personal wealth, to trust when being taken advantage of, or to love when targeted by hatred.
However, the joy of sharing the best of ourselves with our community, and more importantly the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ are real resources for all Christians who know what it is they possess and that it is powerful enough to literally change a man and make him a whole new creature.
Now that can surely make a lasting impact in this world and the life of every individual not only temporarily but eternally.