Acting On What You See
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.
Why do we hesitate in helping other people who are in need?
Last Sunday we looked at the Parable of the Good Samaritan. How important it is to love others, even if there is a cost? In the words of a famous movie, “seize the day”. The Good Samaritan did everything he could, when the needs of a man, who was despised because of the accepted bigotry of that time, were put before him. Others wouldn’t help because there was a cost to getting involved. Like it says in Proverbs 3:27, when it’s in your power to act, don’t be self-focused.
Love is about commitment, not just feelings. Putting the other persons needs ahead of your own. How different would this world be if believers lived out their faith sacrificially? As opportunities come up, seize them with expectancy. You might be given the opportunity to be used by God to bring life transformation to someone today. Is there anything greater than that, that should take priority of your time and efforts? We are called to love, as Christ loved us. He was willing to suffer and die for us. Think about that. God gave his life for His children. That is a powerful parental love.
Are you willing to be interrupted? Don’t focus on what could go wrong if you get involved, instead ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you could best serve in love, the person that God has put on your journey, even if it costs a few days wages or your time.
This week, pray that God would give you an eternal perspective, as you see the people around you who are in need, and then seize the opportunity to be used by God in whatever way He is leading.
Have fun this week!