Have you ever felt the urge to help someone who was in need?
It is like something inside of you, a thought, a voice, a feeling of concern is pulling you in a specific direction; that is the Holy Spirit guiding you. Don’t overthink, don’t hesitate, just do it.
Are we really called to care?
Well, I’ll tell you, better yet, the word of God will do it. We can find many scriptures in the Bible that talk about taking care of each other’s needs, but I will like to start with a scripture in the book of Acts 2:44-47a.
“All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”
So simple, yet we sometimes believe that in order to take care of each other we need to either be wealthy or have a special gift; that is not the case. We are called to care because God takes care of us. We are his children and that makes us family.
“As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10
What a privilege God has given us to love one another!
Love involves many things such as having compassion for one another, encouraging, praying, and caring for one another, and last but not least, sharing one another’s troubles and burdens
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
When we follow these instructions we bear witness to the love of Jesus, a love that transforms lives.
“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans, 8:39
We are God’s tools to help others, not because He needs our help, but because He wants to give us the opportunity to be a blessing which at the end , becomes a blessing for us. Isn’t your heart filled with joy right after you have done something for someone?
The answer is yes. I know it, I have felt it too.
Don’t allow time or “business” stop you from doing what we are all called to do. It is a matter of finding a few minutes in our day to make that phone call or to write that letter. For us, it is probably a few minutes, but for the recipient, it could be the difference between having a very bad day or a wonderful one.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts, 20:25b
Of course, we have our own needs and burdens and I am not asking you to abandon those, not at all; the reason why we have a ministry where we can share and ask. That is the beauty of the Body of Christ. We share our burdens with one another. We cry, laugh, pray, eat, talk, visit, call, text, cook, fix, and the list goes on and on. We help each other, we love each other. We are a big family that follows the same Caring and Loving God.
So the next time you have the opportunity to be a blessing, go for it, don’t hesitate. I assure you, it will bring joy to your heart.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with JOY.” Psalm 126:3
-By Elizabeth Landazuri, LifePoint Care Ministry Director