An important expression of faith is serving.
We do not serve to earn the Lord’s favor. Nor do we serve out of obligation and guilt for what the Lord has done for us.
We serve out of the abundance of God’s Hand in our life. Caring for the needs of others becomes a natural outgrowth of my faith.
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds and I will show you my faith by my deeds…You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” (James 2:17-18, 24)
As we mature in our spiritual journey, we develop the eyes of Christ. We catch glimpses of the world as the Lord sees it. Our compassion expands. Empathy develops. Sensitivity to the lost and the poor is viscerally felt.
How then do we respond? The needs of our broken world are many. Some of us withdraw because the needs are so great. I feel powerless to solve the complex struggles present in our daily news. How can I solve world hunger?
How can I vaccinate the world against malaria?
How can I put a roof over everyone’s head?
How can I teach every child to read?
I’ve come to realize that the scripture passage about believers being one body with many parts (1 Corinthians 12:12-31) applies to this part of our faith journey. This passage is often applied to describe the local church. We need to consider it in a broader context.
We are brothers and sisters in Christ with believers all over the globe. Each of us has a role. We are all gifted with talents and abilities to care those in need. Together we can (and do!) make a difference.
Practical Tips and Tools
1. Pray and seek the Lord’s guidance for our specific role. What burdens you? What draws your attention in the news? What causes you to say “that should not be”?
2. Ponder specific needs. Are you passionate about homelessness? Orphans? Hunger? Human trafficking? Unsaved souls? Disaster relief?
3. Choose one thing to do within the scope of your passion. For example:
- Homelessness? Donate a Saturday’s labor to help with Habitat for Humanity.
- Orphans? Sponsor a child, such as the AIDS-orphans under the care of Every Orphan’s Hope.
- Human Trafficking? Learn about this tragic reality by reading International Justice Mission materials. Donate to their labors.
4. Then, keep learning and serving. Make a difference one step at a time!
Posted by Sharon R Hoover