Weekly Devotion

How Can I Help?

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
~Romans 15:1-2 (MSG)

This verse seems to be written for leaders of nonprofits and ministries. Isn’t that exactly what we do, ask, “how can I help?” But, quite honestly, there are times when I don’t necessarily want to step in and help. And, there are definitely times when I want to focus on my needs or wants and not those around me.

Unfortunately, we are not supposed to make our choices about helping others based on what is convenient for us.

Because sometimes helping others and being the hands and feet of Jesus is just not convenient.

But, perhaps this is our true calling. Even when we don’t feel like we are, we need to recognize that we are strong. And, those of us who are strong have a greater responsibility. Not only are we to serve those who are weak or who are faltering, but we are also supposed to have the right attitude toward them. This means we can’t serve or help them begrudgingly.

We need to take our God-given strength and use it in the service of God. God did not give us the strength and abilities we have for our own convenience. He gave them to us to use for his service.

Those of us who are strong must be careful. It is all too easy to use the strengths and talents we have been given to make our own lives more comfortable. And, it has been that way since biblical times—that’s why Paul felt the need to write the passage.

We can see example after example in our society of individuals who choose to use their strength for their own personal status…for others to see and be impressed. Instead of focusing on our status, let’s spend some time looking within our hearts to see what our true motives are.

Are we serving to be recognized by others? By the way, you may say “of course not.” But, be very careful of motives that can be sneaky. Perhaps you use social media to “announce” to the world your great deeds – oh so humbly of course. Or maybe you look down on those not in the same field as you because they aren’t doing “God’s work.” Or maybe you grumble about your work so that those around you will compliment the sacrifices you make.

Today, focus on serving each person the Lord allows to cross your path, always asking, “how can I help?”

Sweet Blessings My Friend.