“As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming when no man can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 9:4-5 (NIV)
I used to think that in order to serve the world’s most poor and needy I had to travel to a distant country and find the starving masses, administer help and care, and then travel miles to get back home. Then I realized that the people who do humanitarian work also came to my country and that I had neighbors in my community who went without meals and others who were sick and abandoned by their family.
The poor, sick and abandoned are all around us. It is true that some situations are more dismal than others, but try explaining the difference to the child who is hungry in Jamaica and the one who is hungry in America. Their response to hunger is the same – they just want to eat, and some candy would be heavenly. The terminally ill person in a first world country have the basic underlying need for care and compassion as the person who has no access to medical care whatsoever, they both hope for healing and relief. When faced with crises and need, regardless of their origin or status in life, people just want to know that someone cares.
The bible says true religion is helping the poor and making a difference in people’s lives of those in need. Even as we chase our purpose and do great things in His name, I believe people are more likely to listen to our words if they see love in action. Helping an elderly neighbor or bringing a smile to their face of the sick and orphaned, reminding them that they are loved, are just a few ways in which we can be vessels turned platform for his love.
Let us not just wait for the next big opportunity to serve. On your scale, in your community, be the light of the world.
Journal/prayer: Father the world is waiting for evidence of your love and compassion, today help me to be a true witness and vessel used for your honor. On the days when I feel overwhelmed by the vastness of the need, remind me that what I do this to others, I do to you.
We create change in the world by showing compassion today!
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