10434875_sRomans 15:1 “Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
Ujima [oo-jee-muh]

  • Ujima means collective work and responsibility
  • “to build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together”

Christmas is supposed to be about giving but it has shifted into more about receiving. It has lost its real meaning under the clutter of consumerism. It’s refreshing to read over the principles of Kwanzaa and understand what is our purpose as a people toward our community. The principle for today is Ujima, which men’s ‘Collective Work and Responsibility!’ It is God’s will that we work together to make our communities better.

This is what Paul meant when he challenged the Christians in the book of Romans:

  1. The strong should bare the infirmities of the weak. We live in a world where people live by the rule, “only the strong survive.” In God’s kingdom economy the strong help the weak to get stronger. We don’t leave people behind we go get them.
  2. Lend a hand and don’t just do what is convenient for you. Being a Christian is all about making sure others are okay even if it inconveniences you. We have to sacrifice something in order to make our people and communities better.
  3. Strength is for service not status. God doesn’t put us in position to brag but to help. Too many times we become successful and live with an attitude of entitlement. To whom much is given much is required.
  4. We need too look at the people around us and ask, “How can I help?”

Its time for us to look around our communities and ask ourselves, “What can I do to help?” Can you imagine what it would be like if every one of us asked that question? Don’t wait on anybody to ask you for help go looking for something you can help with. As JFK said, “Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what can I do for my country!”

Dear God,

Help me this New Year to find out where I can make a difference in my community you’ve given me too many gifts to sit back and do nothing. We have the power to make things better. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! We can do it together because you said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name there I will be in the midst of them!” Together we can!

In Jesus Name,

Amen