Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures.
[Timothy,] you must continue with the things you have learned and found convincing. You know who taught you. Since childhood you have known the holy scriptures that help you to be wise in a way that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus. Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.
Matthew 25:44-45 says, "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'"
It is in our natural, evolutionary response to flee from danger. Yet our first responders are people that run towards danger rather than running away. Police and Fire Fighters are drilled repeatedly to run into emergency situations so that when the time comes their instinct is to run towards danger rather than away from it.
In our personal lives, we sometimes feel the same way. We are scared to go towards the sick, dying, poor and needy. It scares us. It makes us feel uncomfortable.
This is exactly what Jesus calls us to do, though. He wants us to go against our instinct of self-preservation. He wants us to get down in the muck with others and help them through it. Just like first responders must be trained to do this, we should practice it, too. One of the things that can help train us to do this is prayer.
I strongly urge you to pray this week about the places God is calling you. How is God asking you to create change? What gifts have you been equipped with that are exactly what is needed to bring our world a little closer to his kingdom here on Earth?
Please give me eyes that are able to see those who are in need. Please don’t let me stay blind to those who are suffering around me. Give me heart is overflowing with your kindness and mercy and hands and feet that can do your will.
- Ashly Cooley, Counseling & Support Ministries
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