I realize that we all have an area of gifting in our lives; and everyone has the choice of whether they want to allow God to use theirs for His glory or not. But caring for one another is something that we can all do without having any special talent.
Some of the most endearing memories that I have of my grandmother, are of her caring for others. I think for her, it came naturally. I can’t imagine her ever thinking twice about calling or going to see someone, or sending that encouraging card at just the right time.
I’m just wondering; have we become so wrapped up in our own lives, our own circle of friends, or perhaps our own problems; or maybe too callus to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, to care about others anymore?
Have we become a victim to our enemy, who is stealing away our precious time, our health, and our energy? “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” John 10:10 Now, I know it goes on to say that “Jesus came so that we may have life, and may have it more abundantly”; but what I am talking about, is; how do we allow the day to go by when someone is in need, and we probably know; but we never bother to make that phone call, or send that text, or email, or message them on FB; or however it is that you choose to communicate, to let them know that we care?
Am I the only one that has ever been guilty of this?
Well, just in case I’m not; I would like to say to those of you that feel you missed the opportunity to minister to that person; “God is so forgiving and loving, and for that I very thankful! He will give you another chance to minister to someone else; if that is what you want. Just make yourself available to Him, and listen.
We don’t need to wait until it’s “convenient” and we see that person in Wal-Mart and say, “Hey, I’ve been thinking about you. How have you been?” Then we find out they have been going through a really hard time, and they could have used an encouraging phone call a few weeks ago when God laid them on our heart. Then when you leave, you feel guilty and condemned because you didn’t follow through. Now, that is the enemy. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Not only has this person been robbed of being blessed, but you, me, whoever was going to be used to minister to that person have been robbed; and now, if we allow ourselves to, will feel guilty. What does that sound like to you? Sounds to me like “our adversary the devil walking about, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”1 Peter 5:8
Just think about it. God laid that person on your heart for a reason. Do you really think that Satan is just going to let that go? Again, 1 Peter 5:8 “We have to be sober, vigilant” because he, Satan, is aggressive! I’m telling you “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.” 2 Corinthians 10:3
Sure; you and I make our own choices on how we utilize the moments given to us each day; and there will most assuredly be circumstances to warrant our attention for a period of time. I mean, if we are honest, our family activities alone require much of our schedules; and before we know it, the day is gone. You meant to call, but you didn’t.
But, we make a choice on what to do, right?
Now, I am not saying; do not participate in anything. What I am asking is, if we are living any differently than the rest of the world. As Christians, are we listening for God’s voice in all that we do each day, or are we just going about our lives nonchalantly.
Excerpt from Walking with God, John Eldredge:
Jesus said “Remain in me, and I will remain in you” John 15:4. As Christians we don’t get to live a “normal life”, and accepting that fact in all the details of our lives is what allows us to remain is Jesus. I remember a friend admitting something like this about his family vacation, “I don’t want to ask God if we’re supposed to go to Hawaii this year. I just want to go.” And you see how the collision of our desire to live a nice little life and our need to remain in Jesus can bring about a sanctification of our will, where all things truly are subjected to Christ. But there’s something we need to be honest about; part of us doesn’t really want to hear what God has to say. He goes on to say,“Really. Even after years of God’s rescues and surprises and blessing upon blessing, there’s a part of me that gets irritated when someone says, “Let’s ask God.”
I challenge you, let us not be Christians living a “normal life” that care when it is “convenient”, but listen for God’s voice and follow through when He lays that person on our heart.
Matter of fact, let’s go a step further and purposefully ask Him each day to give us someone to encourage.
Now, for you, my friend, who may feel you have messed up way too many times, made too many mistakes, and for some reason you think that He can’t use you. If you truly want God’s forgiveness, 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And, just take a look at the Apostle Paul’s life.
Be extremely blessed,
Sheri Haskins : )