Show the World Your Light
We have had to adapt to a slightly different way of life over the past months and there is uncertainty about how things are going to be in the future. One thing that never changes though is God and his love for us. When Jesus was on earth he commanded us,
“Love one another. As I have loved you, so must you love one another.” John 13:34
One of the names Jesus used for himself was The Good Shepherd. A good shepherd cares for his sheep. He will make sure they have good food to eat, clean water, protect them from predators and make sure they have warmth and shelter during bad weather. Jesus cares for us like that. You can read in the bible about the many times Jesus showed his love, feeding the hungry, healing for the sick, showing compassion for those hurting and ultimately giving his life on the cross for us.
We are to follow his example and show our love for others in practical ways as well as bringing others to God in prayer..
"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:14-17
In the story of the good Samaritan we saw how the Samaritan helped the injured man. He tended to his wounds, brought him to a place he could be cares for and receive the treatment he needed. The Samaritan gave money for the expenses. He didn’t check to see if the man was the same religion, race or colour. Nor did he care what his political views were. He just saw someone in need and did all that he could to help.
Maybe if we had been in that situation, we may not have had the means to help as much as the Samaritan did; perhaps we wouldn’t have had a donkey to carry the man to an inn, or the money to pay for his care. Each of us, however, could have helped in some way. Given first aid or stayed with him until further help arrived maybe.
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." Proverbs 3:27
We each need to use the gifts, skills, and resources that we have to help those around us.
If you are a good cook maybe prepare a meal to leave into a new mum.
Good with children; a single parent may be in desperate need of a break and would be so thankful for an offer to babysit for an hour or two.
Or maybe that refugee family that has been housed nearby could use some of the spare pieces of furniture and household items you have sitting in the garage. Your gift could help them to start to rebuild their life and receiving your help could help them feel loved and welcome in a strange place.
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16
It pleases God when we do what we can to help other people. In the book of Matthew we read,
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:37-40
Sometimes all we need to give is a listening ear. Just to be there for someone to talk to and share what is going on in their life. They don’t need you to offer advice or to try and fix things, but just listen and share their burden for a while. This could be enough for them to be able to find the strength to keep going.
So whatever you strengths, skills and gifts use them in a way that lets others see the love of God in you. Don’t hide your light but let it shine out bright and strong.