Somewhere around you right now is a person who needs your help. Somewhere within your sphere of influence, within that group of people who weave their way in and out of your life, there is someone that you have the ability to help. In that person’s life, another word for help could be YOU.
Consider the feeling you have after going out of your way to help someone. For most, there’s an immediate sense of satisfaction, a sense of joy for having the ability to solve someone’s problem. You carry that positive energy with you at least for the next few minutes and it likely lingers for most of the day. Another word for help might be love. When we go out of our way to help someone it is usually out of love. Even when we help a stranger we are likely helping out of love for our neighbors as Jesus commanded. When we share our love with others we are instantly rewarded by that peaceful feeling that flows through our body; in addition, God promises an even greater reward for those who give out of a pure heart.
Luke 6:38 (NASB)
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Without question, when we take the time to help someone we are sacrificing some of our time, and in many cases some of our money. The above scripture is suggesting there is a grand reward for that sacrifice; nevertheless, if our goal in helping is to receive a reward we are not helping at all – we are only attempting to serve ourselves – God is not fooled. When we help others out of love, expecting nothing in return, that is when our help rises to the level of service to God. These opportunities to help others are not at all hard to find. God provides you with these opportunities every day. In fact, in many cases you are God’s greatest hope for service to individuals who happen to be in your life. In these cases, another word for help might be opportunity. Look around, watch for God’s nudging, grab hold of opportunity, and give of yourself whenever God’s calling presents itself.
Hebrews 13:16 (NASB)
“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
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