Tomorrow, the world celebrates Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela, a man who was imprisoned for 27 years for opposing the injustice of the Apartheid government in South Africa, emerged an ambassador of hope, reconciliation and utterly committed to giving his life for others:
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela.
It could be easy to consider Mandela and his legacy as a statesman—someone who engaged with international leaders and organizations and who became President of his country. Yet, his life goal—to make a difference in the lives of the forgotten, the small, the weak, was not simply a political agenda. What he modeled, and called others to do too, is found in Matthew 25:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matt 25:34-40)
So, truly, “making a difference” in the lives of others is not a trendy tagline, but the Word of our King. Let us pray and act—feeding, offering drink, inviting strangers in, clothing, visiting the sick and those in prison. And, may we celebrate this man who did those very things and pray for the many Local Experts who commit their lives daily to the least of these. Pray that they would know hope, rest, grace and the joy they bring to the heart of their Father.
Thank you for praying with us.
Guest Post by Loom International, a YWAM Ministry that trains and equips ministries around the world serving the most vulnerable.
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