The New Testament is filled with examples of how to live like Christ or for Christ. It can be hard to identify with the sacrifices that were made 2,000 years ago. However, Christ is living today through the actions of family, friends, and strangers.
I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say. Luke 1: 38
Mary and Joseph accepted their calling. They gave up the life they knew for the ridicule of having a child out of wedlock. Their life changed as they raised a family. I cannot imagine the pressure and the responsibility of raising the Son of God. This must have been an incredibly hard path to follow. Our parents and grandparents, along with so many other relatives, give so much to us throughout our lives. This can be as simple as serving us a meal, giving some positive reinforcement or helping in the responsibilities of raising a child.
The disciples also left lives they knew,
They immediately abandoned their nets and became his followers. Mark 1: 18
Although most of us do not completely leave the lives we know, we may for short periods of time. We are Christ’s representatives on earth today when we volunteer to help others in ways like: teaching Sunday school, working at the food shelf, donating baked goods, shoveling our neighbor’s driveway, among so many other examples, we are Christ’s representatives on earth today. These examples of local mission work are so often stepping stones to larger endeavors such as helping out Redeemer Lutheran in North Minneapolis, participating in Mission Jamaica, or assisting All Kids Can Learn International in Zambia.
During Lent we prepare ourselves and remember the ultimate sacrifice that Christ made, sacrificing Himself for us. If we are observant, we can see others giving sacrificially today. Examples of people giving one’s self for others, even people they do not know, is present all around us. Tragic events can bring to light Christ in our midst. We see it through the acts of fire fighters, police and the many people that serve our nation in the armed forces. They regularly risk their lives and often many of them make the ultimate sacrifice as they give their lives for people they do not know.
From the smallest of gestures that can mean the world to those in need, to the sacrifices that we can never repay, Christ is in our midst.