Service above self

"God gave us the power to do all things but not to abuse his creations and crush the spirit of our fellow human beings. He wanted us to have the joy and pleasure of enabling all things around us to be beautiful and plenty. We have misused these blessings and set the course of this earth on the path of disaster."

by Victor Karunairajan

(September 29, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) I can do all things through the power that strengthens me – Philippians 4:13

Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Then he blessed them and charged them to have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth. What an enormous responsibility he entrusted to man virtually to be almost God on earth and among mortals like him but eventually assured of immortal life in eternity.

He even gave man, the male and the female and nearly all of His creations to create life to be like them and foster their species.

He wanted man to be “fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it (Genesis 1:28). This is the story of creation, the history of the heavens and the earth. Lord God made the earth and the heavens, Genesis 2:5-6 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground, but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

This creation story sounds virtually like God seconding man whom he created in His own image to be godlike on earth, have dominion over His creations and multiply. Dominion over something and make that fruitful respecting all of God’s creations demands good leadership, committed and dedicated to treat all of God’s creations as hallowed and sacred.

This can only be possible for the one who has control over all things that needed to become fruitful to be true to the image of God; to be Godlike. But we see how man has fouled up God’s creations over centuries of time and today these are in danger of being destroyed. In fact, man’s destruction of God’s creations have been constant and as is best described in Hindu scriptures, we are now in the Kaliyuga, the era of the greatest evil to beset the humankind.

Jesus arrived amidst us as the promised redeemer Son of God to give man whom God created in his image, a chance to survive with a sacrifice so great that only the greatest expression of love can offer. But man has abused this love, this privilege, this offer of sacrifice so that God’s creations can be beautiful and plentiful as they were intended at the time of creation. In Hindu philosophy this act of God was conceived in the dance that boomed in brilliance, the sound that became flesh, perfect and rich in rhythms that holds the universe together and melody that gives all the loveliness and sweetness to the humankind.

St John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Two thousand years ago, apart from how Jesus was treated by man we also see how people who take up the cross are abused by man. He overstepped what was deeded to him by God and wanted to seek power and clout by being a destructive force to have improper and unacceptable dominion over his fellow men and all of creations. He was willed only to create and enjoy his fruits and not to destroy and savagely dominate his fellow beings.

We have created for ourselves a situation where we want to be powerful, seek personal popularity, and lead a life of false fads and pleasures that are catered by the seedy, sordid and squalid. When we have the skills and ability to share and make the world around us stable and fruitful we want to use them to dominate others into conquered, controlled and subjugated beings.
Some even go to the extent of creating strange and satanic cults to have total dominance over their followers entrapped in bizarre beliefs and creepy concepts.

God gave us the power to do all things but not to abuse his creations and crush the spirit of our fellow human beings. He wanted us to have the joy and pleasure of enabling all things around us to be beautiful and plenty. We have misused these blessings and set the course of this earth on the path of disaster.

In his Letter to the Philippians St Paul stated that regardless of the circumstances one may find himself, we can have real joy by living wholeheartedly for Christ our Redeemer God and selflessly for others. We cannot seek power like the wolves in a predator and prey relationship with an insatiable thirst for power and greed very much like what the corporate enterprise has foisted on humanity in current times. In the world of the corporations profits come from destruction of earth’s great resources that are essential to be sustained in good order for the health of the earth and the well being of humanity.

Our fine sensations are fast losing their wholesome and human elements and the joy of good relationships. Our power, position and clout are reckoned in the sleaze and the depravities we pursue as social essentials of our lives and acceptance by fellow human beings as people of considerable consequence that hold the whips that determine our lives.

But this is not the image God created man. He created him in His own image and commanded him to have dominion over all of his creations. Many have taken the path of destruction.
Man must seek his Maker. Only then man truly becomes a man. When man sees his Creator or catches a glimpse of what he was intended to be, he will see the reason and appreciate why he was created in the first place. This demands that we have to accept that we are all servants of each other and our commitment must be totally selfless. This is what St Paul emphasized in his Letter to the Philippians.

We must always be attuned to what we may give up so that others may be blessed. Jesus stripped himself of his divine rights and agonized immensely to show man the path for his deliverance from his evil ways and inherit the love of God. The chasm between God and man has to be bridged. When Jesus was asked about the two greatest commands, He said that would be to love God and love others.

What is very significant about St Paul’s Letter to the Philippians was at that time he was rotting in a dingy little hole of a Roman jail chained to a Roman security guard and in extreme poor health. An apostle who was bound by the will of God was in the chains of man. He had every reason to be bitter, angry and forlorn. Yet his Letter to the Philippians was one of hope; indeed a treatise of joy. In Chapter 4, verse 13, he reflects his unshaken faith: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

And we his followers and the recipients of His love are called to do the same. That is what motivated Jesus and what should motivate us. God views service and humility as strengths, not weaknesses. ENDS
- Sri Lanka Guardian