Bible Society of South Africa
Hennie Symington

A journey of the soul – Day 13

Serving mankind

Bible text(s)

26Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” 27So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female,

Genesis 1:26-27GNBOpen in Bible reader

The Good News of Deliverance

1The Sovereign LORD has filled me with his Spirit.

He has chosen me and sent me

To bring good news to the poor,

To heal the broken-hearted,

To announce release to captives

And freedom to those in prison.

Isaiah 61:1GNBOpen in Bible reader

3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them. Remember those who are suffering, as though you were suffering as they are.

Hebrews 13:3GNBOpen in Bible reader

I was hungry and you referred me to a human rights group.

I was in prison and you prayed silently for my release.

I was naked and in your thoughts, you wondered whether I was decent enough to attend a church service.

I was ill and you thanked God on your knees for your good health.

I was lonely and you left me on my own to pray for me.

You look so holy, so close to God, but I am still hungry – and lonely and out in the cold. (Words for Worship, 1986)

Over the centuries, the church has made its mark in many places where the dignity and humanity of people have been denied and trampled upon. For generations, missionaries have travelled across the globe, not only to preach the word of God but also to establish schools, hospitals and homes to care for the needy. All over the world, the church cares for the blind, the deaf, the orphaned, the widowed, the sick and the dying. Why? Because in the Christian faith, it is the person that matters. As Christians, we believe that every human being has inalienable worth as a person. Man, woman and child are all created in the image of God. If we accept this and live by this belief, we are called to free people and to do everything in our power to protect and care for them.

The moment we forget that all people are created in the image of God and are real people, not just souls or bodies, we lose sight of the person in need. However, if we really care for others, we cannot help being concerned about their welfare.

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