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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: CHRIST CAME TO SERVE
By RAD KHAN
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So what motivates us or those individuals to volunteer to do something for someone or a community; without any apparent reward? I have thought of this often, as I have given my time and energy to help someone and a community of people with a need. On one such occasion, I went to Jamaica with a group from a church, to help build houses for a community of deaf people. The work was very hard and difficult, but at the same time very rewarding - as the people were very appreciative and grateful for our help. It aroused some soul searching as well, and I asked myself a number of questions, "Why am I doing this? Why did I leave the comfort of my home? Why did I invest so much money for this trip? Not to mention the sacrifice in time and further loss of income.
Fortunately for me - the realization of that, which I knew in my heart, now had a practical implication. As I reflected on what Christ did for us, He came to serve; He came to offer His life as a ransom for mine and to pay the price for my sins. He was not made to do this, just as no one is made to volunteer, but He willingly volunteered to take my place on the cross of Calvary as a payment for my sins. Christ did for me much more than what I had volunteered to do for that community; and I was grateful for the opportunity to serve my fellow human being. It gave me a deeper understanding of the price that Christ paid for my sins.
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