Becoming the help you need

Today, let us discuss one of the least discussed subjects in churches today; help one another. Luke 10:27-28 So he answered and sai...

Rendering a helping hand

Today, let us discuss one of the least discussed subjects in churches today; help one another.
Luke 10:27-28

So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”

If you're not happy maybe it's because you're not doing anything for anybody else.

Are you serving, are you meeting needs, are you listening to what people tell you, are you listening to what you hear them say to other people about what they need and then are you letting God use you to meet those needs?

Now, we all have different strengths. Some of us can give more time than money, while some are going to give more money than time. Most people only have one talent. In fact, about eighty percent of the people in the world only have one talent but you can start taking your one talent and using it to bless somebody.

There's no way we're going to enjoy our lives if we don't forget about ourselves and begin to reach out to the people around us in our little section of the world.

Verse 29 of our text says, and he, determined to acquit himself of reproach, said to Jesus, well who is my neighbor and then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.

And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”

It’s quite unfortunate that there are even preachers who aren't helping anybody and I think it's interesting that the first representative of human beings that Jesus mentions here is the priest who walked by and just crossed the street and got away.

There are people who just row along in their little religious boat and they're just passing by every need they see because they're too busy being religious to meet needs. They are busy praying. Yes we need to pray, but we need to pray and then we need to act.

The Levitical tribe, many of them priests, likewise came down to the place and saw him and passed by on the other side but a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was and when he saw him, he was moved with  compassion.

The Bible says Jesus was moved with compassion and He healed the sick. 1st John says when you see your brother and your fellow believer in need how can you close your heart of compassion toward him and say the love of God lives and remains in you?

So, God has given us a heart of compassion but we have the ability to open it or close it. We can hear about a need and we can meet that need out of compassion or we can just close our heart and say nope, not me and it scares me to think how many times in my life I've heard about needs and didn't let that compassion flow.

Jesus said to Peter in John 21, Peter do you love me? Yes Lord you know I love you. Okay Peter, help somebody you know. Actually, He said feed my sheep but it's really the same thing. Let’s get a new revelation from that scripture:

Jesus said Peter do you love me, yes Lord you know I love you, well feed my sheep. Second time He said to Peter, do you love me, yes Lord you know I love you. Well feed my lambs. Third time Jesus asked again, Peter do you love me and the Bible says it grieves Peter that Jesus asked him the third time.

I think he was trying to make a point. How could we keep saying that we love Jesus, how can we keep just going to the church building and jumping up and down and praise and worship and wanting to get our blessing and then go back home and being depressed all day because nobody's meeting our needs.

There are too many people in trouble and too many people in need of help in the world. We, as Christians, all have a pulpit and people are trying all kinds of stuff to meet their needs and they're going to find out none of it works and the only thing that's going to be left is Jesus and He needs us fired up and ready so that we can get to work.

It's not up to a handful of preachers to do it all. We're supposed to be doing the doing and they're supposed to be doing the teaching. We need to constantly ask ourselves; what am I doing to help somebody else. We can just get so religious and we can walk around and pray in tongues and we can quote the Psalms and proverbs and we can go to church services and go to Bible studies but what are you doing to help somebody??? That’s the BIG question? Some might say, well I got involved in church work once and they just took advantage of me and I got burned out. I don't want to get involved. How can you be part of the body and not be involved???

Meanwhile, acts of kindness are not limited to the church. Do you have a neighbor that finds it hard to feed? Is there a child on your street that is out of school because of fees? Do you have a closet full of clothes but you noticed someone close to you wears torn clothes? Well, guess what, you can start from there.



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