Yet, we are all the Same.
Regardless of our backgrounds, our present situation, or the notion of where we are each headed – we are all Different, yet we are all the Same.
Regardless of our country of origin, culture, race or economic status, we all require the same thing. Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) developed a hierarchy matrix that shows the needs of every single human on the face of the earth.
The foundation is wide and shows the basic items we all require – breath, sustenance, shelter, rest. Among the billions on earth, there are those who struggle with this very basic requirement. Without this foundation you can forget all the higher needs – safety, love, belonging, self-esteem or even the concept of realizing who we truly are.
For some of us this foundation is taken for granted. I have never known the lack of the physiological needs listed, yet their are billions that fight for their very existence who can not even feel safe, or loved. It is estimated that there are 131.4 million births per year (http://www.ecology.com/birth-death-rates/) and 55.3 million deaths. That’s 360,000 births per day, and 151,600 deaths per day. Four births per second, and two deaths per second.
There are more being born each day than are passing away. This means there are more alive each second that will every die.
This means there are more people living in the current state of existence – whether their physiological needs are being met, or not.
Again, the one thing I learned yesterday that meeting others in their situation, without helping them to elevate their position in life, then we are not giving them a “leg-up” to become more secure.
It was with compassion that Jesus fed the multitudes, healed the sick, taught valuable lessons on how to live overcoming lives. It was with compassion that he gave his own life for the ransom of the whole world. (Mark 10:45, 1 Timothy 2:6)
This was where his beginning ministry started (Matthew 5-7) opening the eyes of his people.
It is from uncertain origin that we remember the proverb:
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
Give someone hope for tomorrow, and you give them the ease to hear words of life today.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. (John 6:63 ESV)
Just as we teach balance here at home, we must show balance elsewhere. So, the missionary shows us that with each outreach, they provide resources of grain, trees of production, filters for water, and I know others who are providing deep wells to bring better water supplies.
Balance of words, balance of help.
Just as the Apostle Paul carried the teachings even farther.
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5 ESV)
Lofty words are not enough. It takes the Spirit and Power. You cannot simply speak, you must demonstrate.