August 25-27, 2017, MINPAC, SPOTTSWOOD METHODIST MISSION CENTER, Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
Small Actions, Big Differences
(A Reflection from the Coaching and Promotion of the UMC Social Principles 2017: Young People’s Training)
How does a small action make a big difference?
According to the UMC Social Principles, our point of view as a Methodist is how we can help and give a solution to the issues that are happening here in our world. It gives us insights in our stand as Methodists towards every issue in our society. Here, we can find a way we can do to mold the society in a way on how God can help their lives through God’s grace. As John Wesley said “The World is my Parish”, he tells us that we as young people must reach out to help the people outside the churches. We must preach the gospel not only inside the walls of the church but also to the society because it is through the latter that we will know and see the lost. In the Social Principles, The United Methodist made a covenant that we are to be a “connectional church” and it states there that as connectional churches we must “travel together in the midst of diversity, adjusting roadmap, and moving closer toward God’s vision” that is towards our goal and that is for the world. In other terms, we must not rely on ourselves, let us not stop seeking each other and pray for one another even if the situation goes bad because I believe that we as Methodists are strong when we are united. In Hebrews 10:24-25 it says there “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” This tells us that strength of a Christian is not measured on how many verses do you know or awards that you have but it is found on every Christian that you encounter in your life. God shows himself in a different way; always remember that we are a vessel of God which means we are used to be a river of blessing to others. We are chosen to help and reach out to the lost.
In the early days, John Wesley made friends with other people that are affected in the issues and crisis that are happening on the society. Such us the oppressive causes and system of poverty, abuses on imperialism and colonialism, mass incarceration and also human trafficking. But he also promoted many things such as equity in health, access to clean environment, dignity and sacred worth of indigenous people, etc. He made some important illustrations on a prophetic ministry in the early days of the Methodist movement giving a response to God’s grace working in behalf of a wounded world. We highlight what Jesus commanded us to do and this is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our call as John Wesley in simpler terms is that we must reform the nation, particularly the church, and to spread scriptural holiness to the land. This is what John Wesley stated “There is no holiness but social holiness” that we must first improve church for the people to see that our churches is place for the lost. Remember this saying that “the church is not a museum of saints but a hospital for sinners” this is clear to us that we must open our doors for the people who are willing to know more about God even if he is poor and oppressed we must be open for them because this might be the place where they can call home. For me, the goal of the Social Principles is to help the world to be a Christ-like world where there is compassion and equity to each one of us, there is an action where we take care of God’s beautiful creation because God gave us the authority here on earth. In the creation of the world we are blessed because God gave us everything in this world and what must be our response? That is to protect and take care of the animals and the nature itself for our creator.
I love what the Social Principles say “personal choices, habits, and commitments do change the world” it is a wonderful saying because it talks about us that we can do a change in a simple action because the truth there is that everything starts in you. The Social Principles reflects us this: “To make a difference to the world. A different kind of world that one in which we like.”
This is my challenge; I ask you, what’s your vision for the world?
Justin O. Dacanay
UMYF Delegate, STPPACE
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