Daily we wear many hats and play many roles. Many are the demands upon our time. Our schedules are hectic, and it almost seems as though we do not have enough time for ourselves, let alone time for others outside our family and friends. However, we overlook the blessings that exist when we reach outside of our close circle and help our fellow neighbors and community.
Take a moment to look around, and you will notice that we are living amid times of need. Covid-19 has changed many lives. People have lost their livelihood, and many cannot afford to pay for all necessities. Many are facing depression, and isolation and quarantine are negatively impacting their mental health. Yes, our personal needs are many, but we must look beyond ourselves and seek to help others in times such as these.
Upon helping others, God takes care of our needs.
God is Calling You
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
God is calling you to reach outside. How so? God is a God of love, and everything that he does and wants from us is to act from a place of love. Ephesians 5:1-33 encourages us to be imitators of God because we are His children. And part of imitating God is to reach and help others. John 15:13 also tells us that there is no greater love than to lay one's life for a friend. In other words, God is a God of sacrifice.
When we reach out to others in our community, it requires a sacrifice on our part. We will need to sacrifice time and money as well. We must schedule in the moments where we will dedicate ourselves to our neighbors or serving at church, nearby shelter, or via community events. When we examine the life of Jesus, we will see that he dedicated most of His time to serving others. It is this selflessness that we must imitate and replicate. Let us love others and radiate the love of God onto our communities.
Deuteronomy 15:11, For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.
We are the light and a beacon in our communities, but we forget to reflect that light—we forget who we are. We also forget that there are blessings waiting to be unlocked only when you serve others with what God has given you. There is abundance in helping your community, according to Deuteronomy 15:11—God’s promise. God is commanding us to open our hand (help our brethren or neighbor) to those in need, and when we do, there is a promise of prosperity and abundance in our land.
Your Purpose is Linked to Helping Others
Have you ever noticed that you come across people who have the same background as you? You may encounter people who struggle with something that you have already overcome? My friend, this is no coincidence. Some people need to hear the wisdom that God has bestowed upon you through the trials and inner battles that you have experienced. This happens because your pain and struggles are linked to your purpose.
All you need to do is reach out to those God puts in your life. Ask God to put the people that need what you have inside you. Your God-driven purpose involves helping others overcome their trials and tribulations. Now, the questions you must ask yourself are the following: Who are you helping? How are you helping advance the kingdom of God in your community?
The time to reach and become an active member of your community is now! Tap into the gifts and talents that God has given you and put them to work. Your eyes shall witness a downpour of blessings like never before.