Wow y’all. It’s that time of the year already. School is here, and summer is over. I cannot even express how blown away I am about how quickly these past 3 months have whizzed by. But I do have to say, in those 3 months I have grown A LOT. I have learned so much about the Lord as my relationship with him has increasingly gotten deeper and deeper. And one of the things that He has brought to my attention the most is people.
People who are hurting and lacking
Have you ever seen someone whose face easily gives away that something is seriously troubling them? Because I have, and I’ve seen it way too many times. And y’all,
we are called to HELP those people.
Especially with a new school year starting, it is so easy to stick with our group of friends and be comfortable with that. It is so easy to just pass on by in the hallways and not speak a word to anyone, because it’s the safe thing to do.
But God doesn’t call us to be safe.
He calls us to be courageous and brave, and help those who are HURTING.
This is my command- be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua shares this with the Israelites before taking possession of the land God had promised them. I believe that the Lord also want us to apply this to ourselves when we are about to go out on the mission field, a.k.a, outside the walls of the comfort of our church, friends, and sometimes homes.
We are on a mission to show people the love of Jesus, and I feel like we tend to forget that when we are in the comfort of our Christian bubble for too long. It’s not about just knowing what is right and wrong, reading the Bible, and hanging out with other Christians, it’s about using those tools and knowledge and sharing it with others. It’s about loving on people. Why else are we doing those things? For our sake?
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Goodbye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well” -but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
It took me a long time to realize that my life is about more than just me; it’s also about those around me, because I do leave my mark on each and every person I encounter.
And does that mark represent Jesus?
Honestly, not always, but it’s a work in progress. So today, I am challenging you and myself to take action. Whether it’s going up to a person and telling them you’re praying for them, or buying someone a meal, there are plenty of ways for all us to take action and share with people the love that saves.
It saved me, and it saved you.
So why don’t we help others get saved?
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.