Tuesday, December 6, 2011

love means … helping others!


I opened my Google Reader account to a picture that said it all.  The picture was of a young girl standing next to a wall with a Bible verse written on the wall.  She was obviously not from America.  You might think she was from a 3rd world country where poverty is the norm, and I don’t even think this precious young girl could read what was written on the wall.

Life will pass us by if we let it.  As humans our mode is to put on blinders and only deal with our own issues and our own life while letting situations and others pass us by.  That reminds me of the time when someone saw a lady getting mugged on the street yet passed on by after doing nothing to help.  Sounds like the story of the “good Samaritan” all over again.

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

We say that we love God.  We even go to church and can quote scripture.  Yet we see someone in need and move on.  How can we keep on doing that?  The excuses we use may be that we don’t have enough money or don’t have the resources this person might need, but we do have some of what they need.  We might even know where this person, another human loved by God, can get what they need.  But we walk on by.

Let me paint the picture that breaks my heart.  I’m building on the picture that I shared above… Remember that she most likely couldn’t read because of being so young, but she might not have been able to read English if she could read at all. 

American Christians are making a difference in many places here and around the world.  Our call is NOT to Americanize people.  God’s call on us and on His church is to share the hope that comes from knowing Jesus.  Many times for people to hear what we have to say we have to meet their needs.  By the way, the best way to meet needs is to go where people are.

For too long we have expected people to come to where we are, dress the way we want them to dress and talk the way we think they should talk.  Watch out!  Lost people often act lost.  Hello!  Hurting people act like hurting people.  It is time for each of us to take the love that God has given us and pass it on to others.

That might mean we have to get our hands dirty.  That might mean we have to learn another language or find someone who can interpret what we are saying.  It means we have to leave our comfort zone and go to where it is not so comfortable.  It means that we have to leave where we are and go somewhere else.  Know anyone who has done that before?  Think about this guy: JESUS.  He left heaven and came to earth.  That was the first Christmas. 

Love really does mean helping others.  I long to serve the people around me.  Often serving means I might not always be comfortable, I might not always understand, I might have to lean on God, I might have to join with others to help more people, I might have to give some of what I have, I might have to put in practice what I saw in the Bible, I might have to … what?  What might you and I have to do so that we can show that we believe LOVE MEANS … HELPING OTHERS?

1 John 3:16,18 NLT
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters… 18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

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