How May I Help You?

“I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame.”—Job 29:15 (NKJV)
The following biblical characters all have something in common: Joseph, the Good Samaritan, Rahab, and Jesus. Can you identify the common thread?
Each exhibited a characteristic not often witnessed in today’s culture; they all had a desire to serve others. Their testimonies teach us a very important lesson: The greatest use of our time comes when we willingly attend to the needs of others, expecting nothing in return. 
Which do you think holds the greater weight and reward in heaven—amassing accolades for yourself or spending yourself for the benefit of others? The reason why the story of the Good Samaritan appears in the Bible has nothing to do with self-serving interests. Rather, it is the Samaritan’s decision to occupy himself caring for another that makes the story noteworthy.
God’s Word is full of examples of going the extra mile to the benefit of another. For example, Philip made himself available to the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40), and Ruth’s blessings came when Boaz put her interests ahead of his own (Ruth 2). 
The desire to help others is birthed in the hearts of those who understand what Jesus has done for them. If He was willing to help in their time of need, who are we not to?
Assisting others affords an additional opportunity aside from merely relieving a burden. It provides others the hope of seeing Christ in the assistance you bestow on their behalf. It opens a door to acknowledging Christ as the reason for the help given (Matthew 10:32).
Recognizing the alternative, consider God’s perspective related to what is expected of us: “This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love” (1 John 3:16-18 MSG). 
As believers, we have an obligation for the grace afforded us through Christ. That duty involves not only a proper perspective of sin, but also a responsibility to introduce others to the same grace we enjoy. 
DIG: Do you know someone who’s having a difficult time making ends meet? Besides prayer, what one thing could you do to help lighten their load?
DISCOVER: Is my motivation for serving others born out of guilt or a genuine desire to exemplify Christ?
DISPLAY: If you are a parent or come into contact with children, think of ways to be an example of helping others. 

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Jeff Denis