“As he looked up he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them, for these people have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on”
In the book Prayer and Personal Growth, it says in relation to the above reading “That this little event in the life of Jesus shows very clearly the difference between making a contribution and making a commitment. The rich usually make a contribution but the poor usually honor their commitment.” Putting this teaching into action in our lives and reflecting on it we may ask: is my joining BCBP was just a plain membership or is it a commitment to follow Christ?
In my service for twenty two (22) years in the community I have experienced so many incidents where members were attending the activities just for fun and just to be called a member in a community.That is why we have always good attendance during fellowship activities. Then when they are being called for service to show their commitment they easily fade away even to the extent of leaving the community because of sama nang loob. Likewise, I have experienced members who tried to influence the leaders in the community by insisting on their way of thinking and running the community even up to the extent of using their resources just to make their way.
Is this a commitment? These past years I have been talking with some of the members not only of our chapter but also of the other chapters under my care to make them understand about the service in the BCBP and to convince them that accepting a service is not a BURDEN, but a way of life in each one of us being servants for the Lord.
Sometimes it hurts me when I see members whom I have approached for service who declined saying that they are very busy and will not be available for BCBP activities and yet when an activity is about fellowship, they can easily be present and even have the time to travel for weeks and even months. Where’s the commitment? (Bato-bato sa langit, ang tama-an huwag magalit.)
I believe it is now the right time to reflect on our commitment for the Lord. Is our commitment just to be a plain member of BCBP and have some business contacts or is it a commitment of service and of spreading the word of the Lord? What is your commitment?
Lord God, let my commitment be a promise of service love and of spreading your words as a guide for doing business dealings and evangelization.