The world today and the world 2000 years ago is rarely the same. It has changed and is continuously changing. Pope Francis said, “We are not living an era of change, but a change of era” and no matter what we do, we will never be able to escape these changes. It is something that presses us out of our comfort zones. It is destiny-filtered and faith-built. Change is God’s way of telling us that no matter how transformed the world is, His love will remain the same and His plans will still prevail.
Unity is an essential element of any Christian community. A united community can accomplish a lot specially in the mission that God has given them. Unity is the key of which we can evangelize the world. Also, unity is Jesus’ desire when He prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.
A very important ingredient to unity is humility. Without humility of the members of the body, unity is impossible to achieve. Jesus already showed us what true humility is all about.
We live in the world nowadays where people expect to “get the benefits” without doing the hard work. The “instant” mentality causes people to be impatient as they want the results now. “Quick-fix” is now in rather than wait and work. The value of working hard for something is slowly fading away. A lot of people are submitting to laziness, inaction and ineffectiveness. We must go back and learn the Christian principles of work and its value for us.
The Bible has a lot to say about work and its counterpart laziness – sluggard or slothful. The author of the Book of Proverbs even wrote this funny verse about the lazy person who always finds an excuse not to work and strain his body.
The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” (Proverbs 22:13)
Let’s look at what the Bible says about work, with Jesus being one great example.
We all want to experience the best in our lives. We want the best food for our family. We want the best gadget in the market. We want to experience the best service from our government offices. We all want to experience the best because we don’t settle for anything less.
We also want to excel in our chosen fields. We want to be the best engineer, best teacher, best nurse, best friend and best father. We want to excel in what we are and what we do.
Even God wants us to excel. The pursuit of excellence is both a goal and a mark of spiritual maturity.
Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you[a]—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
Excellence must be rightly motivated by values and motives.