THE CARPENTER'S SHOP: The revolution of the towel

Published: Friday, September 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM.

In 1715 four young boys at the Halle academy in eastern Germany, including Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, formed a prayer and accountability group which became the “Order of the Mustard Seed.” They made a vow to each other which was stated as follows: “We will be true to Christ, we will be kind to all people; and we will send the gospel to the world.” Every member wore a ring carrying a Greek inscription meaning “None of us lives for himself.” This group of boys brought incredible change to their world. Their vow was revolutionary.

Very early in her life Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, who is better known to us as Mother Teresa, made a powerful vow:

To give God absolutely anything He might ask for and to refuse Him nothing. 

To obey without delay.

Attend to “the little practices” or little fidelities to Scripture

To seek to love Christ as he has never been loved.

These Christ followers are a part of a revolution of love rooted in serving others. We are part of this revolutionary movement. As followers of Jesus Christ we challenge our own lethargy and insane selfishness to be a part of a new world order that Christ leads … a revolution of love and service. To really love others is the greatest challenge to the status quo.  To love is a challenge to the norms of our world. Normally people are selfish. Normal religion propagates its own interests. Normal is cold and intolerant. Normal is not Jesus!

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