What Can We Do?December 5, 2012
Remember Pentecost? A dozen men who walked with Jesus decided to stand up and be counted. Included were some fishermen and a Revenue representative – probably not a learned man among them – but we sit in our pews because they had fire in their bellies and spoke out for our God. How do we demonstrate a commitment to our God?
What do we feel when we come across a sob story in the street, here, anywhere? Do we feel sympathy and compassion, or do we demonstrate indifference and disdain? Decision time. Do we try and help or do we ignore? What SHOULD our instinct be? Should it be that we try and reduce his distress?
God makes the poor and destitute His priority. If we attempt to provide concern and compassion to those in need we will be fulfilling the statement made by Jesus – ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’ An old maxim states ‘I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything but I can do something. What I can do I ought to do and what I ought to do by the grace of God I will do.’
A prayer from a book I have been reading:
‘Gracious Lord, I know that your eyes are always upon me to guide and protest and bless and correct. You have given me eyes too. Grant me the power to use them to truly SEE. Help me see those you have put in my path, really see them, with all their hurts, their desires, their longings, their needs, their joys and their challenges. As you open my eyes, prompt me to open wide my arms to offer whatever help and encouragement I have to give. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
What can we do this Christmas to sow the seed of hope in someone? I.S.