Usually in the business world, the services provided will have a cost attached to it. If at all there is any ‘Free Service’, it may end up costing us more than a paid service, because by offering some of the services for free, the business promoters may come up with their premium options to attract people. Thus, the services provided are based on the benefit of the provider rather than of the consumers. Because of this trend, people are unable to understand the purpose of God sending His Son into this world for the well-being of mankind.
Endeavours to Establish Social Parity
In a well organized business set up, the service providers are not inferior than their customers. At the same time, the essential service sector comprising of common men and women are still regarded as low level jobs. The status of these people are decided by the nature of jobs they are doing.
During the outbreak of the pandemic, people started realising that the menial jobs are the backbone of a country’s economy. The importance of sanitary workers, who have been placing their lives at risk to keep the city clean and thereby prevent the spread of the pandemic, have been realized and well recognized.
In the entire history of civilization, the importance of removing the social disparities that have widened due to status, colour and race are strongly felt. Human rights are being valued highly and people have become conscious about equality. However, all these endeavours have failed in removing the social disparities and the differences have become wider, resulting in endless debates and social unrest.
A Call for Bridging the Gap
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Galatians 3:28
The Bible is eradicating all such differences and bringing them all together by the love of God revealed through His Son, Jesus Christ. To bring a paradigm shift in these most vulnerable areas of our society, we have to understand how Jesus humbled Himself to reconcile us with His Father.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.Philippians 2:1-2
Paul called people who have been encouraged by the fellowship of Jesus and those who enjoyed the comfort of God’s love to join in his venture to eradicate the social disparities that had prevailed during his time among the followers of Christ.
Jesus, Our Role Model
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!Philippians 2:5-8
Our endeavours to achieve social parity have not been successful because we have not followed the footsteps of the One who eradicated the death penalty of mankind to lift them at par with celestial beings. The disparities found between God and mankind is removed by the sacrificial death of Jesus and He reconciled us with our heavenly Father.
In Humility Value Others Above Yourselves
We should not be proud of our present position, no matter how prestigious it may be, and should not utilize it for our own advantage. The Centurion was able to visualize the mighty authority of God by comparing the position he held in his army (Matthew 8: 5-13).
He did not allow his position to rile up his ego, rather he used his position to understand the sovereignty of God by comparing it with his own authority. The Centurion did not utilize his position for his own advantage but used his authority to bring healing for his servant. In spite of his authority, he stooped to serve his servant.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.Philippians 2:3-4
The Centurion did not tell Jesus that he was a perfect keeper of all commandments but humbled himself to accept his sins in front of his subordinates and other people around him. The wages of sin is death and the centurion accepted his death sentence in the presence of Jesus.
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”1 Corinthians 15:54-55
We may be thinking that with our sinful nature, living like Jesus would be difficult. The Good News is that once we confess our sins with penitence, He is faithful and just and will not only forgive us of all our sins but will purify us from all unrighteousness.
If we think that keeping Jesus as our role model is impossible, then we can begin our journey with the faith of the centurion to eradicate spiritual and social disparities. Showing external humbleness only through our words and body language is not what Jesus taught us when He washed the feet of His disciples but asked us to serve one another. Serving our servants is not going to bring our status down, rather it will enhance our spiritual state.
Bible teaches us to value others more than ourselves, more than what we usually value; authority, influence, wealth and knowledge. Let us stop boasting about our deeds and start praising others without measuring their worthiness. If we are unable to praise others when they are praise worthy, how will it be possible for us to praise them even when they are not worthy of it. Finding fault with others and speaking ill of them is not the way of Jesus. Stop finding fault with others and start praising them. Jesus is praising us not because of our worthiness but because of His grace.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—the Lord detests them both.Proverbs 17:15
While we hesitate to appreciate our fellow believers, we do support wicked people in spite of their wickedness, to gain favour in their eyes and at the same time we ignore the genuine plea of the innocent. May God provide His wisdom to eradicate spiritual and social disparities as we are not worthy of achieving it, without His strength.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.Revelation 3:21
By implementing these values, we may be able to accomplish the will of God in achieving equality among our fellow believers and will be seated with the Prince of Peace.