Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).
Is the world seeing your light? It is recorded that Peter and John were going to the house of the Lord to pray, when they met a lame beggar who asked them for alms. They looked at him and Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ He took the beggar by the hand, helped him up and he began to walk (Acts 3:1- 8). Although Peter and John were going to the temple, they recognized an opportunity to help someone in need and bring glory to God. The Bible says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7).
Sometimes we are so focused on doing our business or “God’s work” that we fail to recognize that he wants us to help someone in our immediate environment. The story is told about the man who was beaten by thieves and left to die. It so happened that a priest came by, saw him, and walked on the other side (Luke 10: 30-31). Perhaps he was going to Mass and did not want to be late, we do not know. But whatever the reason, the fact is that he did not make the time to help the man in need, thereby missing an opportunity to show God’s love. Scripture says, “Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).
God wants us to have an intimate relationship with him in order to recognize his priority and do it. He knows we live in a society that teaches the importance of doing activities in a timely manner, for example, some of us were taught that we must be punctual for church because we have an appointment with God. He is not encouraging us to minimize the importance of time for our earthly duties. Instead, he wants us to understand that we were created to serve him, he has activities for us to do, and they should be given priority.
Our priority is to love the Lord with our entire being (Mark 12:30). Our love for him is evident when we keep his commands, “If you love me, keep my commands (John 14:15). Keeping God’s commands involve helping people in need that he brings to our attention. Peter did not give the beggar money because he had none. But he had the gift of healing and so he healed him. God desires that we use our gifts to help others. What is your gift and how can you use it to help the people in need who cross your path?
What resources do you have that can help others? Help takes many forms. It includes prayer, a word of encouragement, directing people to the appropriate resources, or giving them needed resources. The apostle Paul wrote, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Hebrews 13:16).