So often we leave simple tasks to other invisible people, people we do not know or do not care to know. We tend to be so caught up in our own world, we cannot seem to pick up a small piece of trash on the ground and throw it away 2 feet away. Even if we are the ones who dropped it in the first place. What about the big things as well? Will we look outside of our world long enough to help a homeless man or a child lost in a store?
I am not accusing you at all, we are all guilty whether big or small. I just want to point out that if we just did the little things it would help change the world. You do not have to be the missionary who goes out and tells the gospel, you could be the one helping with 20.00 a month. You do not need to be the one to go dig wells in less fortunate areas, but you could support them. However, if God calls you to be the one who does it, do it! If you can, then go out and do it! It will be the most rewarding thing you could ever do, not to mention humbling.
Here is an example… I remember one day at church, I went to go sit down alone as usual (at this time in my life). The Lord whispered to me he said “sit next to this woman”, so I did. I looked at her and said, may I sit here, she reassured me “yes, of course”. Let me mention a very HUGE factor in all this, I have EXTREME SOCIAL ANXIETY. So the fact I was at church alone, in a crowd, or sitting next to this stranger, is an act of God all on its own.
So service went on and I was worshiping when the Lord then whispered, “I sat you next to her on purpose, so pay attention”. At this point, I was like, “oh… okay God” (slightly terrified but flattered he asked me). As we sat during service, I was listening to the message but also paying attention to my holy spirit. As the pastor said the last prayer, God finally said: “pray for her, her heart is not open to me”. I WAS TERRIFIED! I am a very to my self-kind of person (haha ya I am an author, I know… God is funny like that) I do not pray with strangers easily, as I feel it is me revealing a piece of my heart openly. I could have just said “Lord find another, I cannot do this”, or “surely I could not talk to her, she would think I am crazy”. But I did not! I said… okay God… Give me the opportunity and Your will be done.
The pastor stopped praying and I looked at her and said, “May I pray for you?”, she said yes. I then grabbed her hand (as God was telling me too, also SCARY FOR ME) and prayed for her heart to open, and all things bound in his name etc. She thanked me, and it seemed as if nothing changed. I just was happy I did what God wanted, even though my flesh wanted to run away from me. 🙂
But Then… At the end of the sermon we had a couple more worship songs, this woman broke down crying and started praying. Obviously, though I could not see a change, the Lord was working in her… And that to me, was worth my inner turmoil.
Think about it! I am a normal person, I even have social anxiety and am afraid to pray in public out loud. God still used me for something small but beautiful. This was a bigger thing, bigger than picking up the garbage that is about to blow away. It is the simple consideration of others I am talking about here. We think someone else will take the shopping cart back to the store entrance, someone else will pick the garbage up, someone else is more qualified to talk to this woman. NO! Those are all the enemy convincing us that it is okay not to step up. And if we do not step up for the little considerate things, how will God trust us with the big things?
Like I have said before… God is like a video game (follow me here). We beat the first level, which is pretty easy (getting saved). The second level is a little harder, that is hopefully you changing your unbelieving behaviors to believing behaviors. Like: Trying not to cuss, trying to love your neighbor, etc. Well God at one point in these levels gives us little tasks and when we beat those levels by doing the right thing, he trusts us with more. Just like the story in the bible about the master who gives the servants coins, he trusted them to make a profit from what he gave them with it… Did you notice the Master gave the ones he learned he could trust, more to trust with? (See bottom for verses)
Although this story means way more than just its coin and servant appearance. He is also talking about the coins referring to the gift of salvation… and his servants sharing with the world, instead of just being saved and not sharing the gospel. Many verses have several meanings, all depends on what the holy spirit wants you to receive at certain times of your life.
It is time we stopped having tunnel vision of our lives and started seeing others around us or even a way to help. It is time we made a difference instead of sitting back and expecting others too. I also struggle with this, I believe it is normal for the flesh to not want us to do anything fruitful. Which is why you will have to force yourself… Try to understand the whole situation… Example: If I do not pick this garbage up, it could blow away and an animal could eat it and die, or someone else will have to pick this up and have to be outside even longer, I could help them. Or if I park further away from the main entrance, someone older or pregnant can get a closer spot. (I know that one is hard! I live in Alaska… its cold here… ya, very hard to do) I am just giving examples, of course, maybe your situations are different. Either way, think of others like yourself… What would you need or want in that situation?
SEE… Seems dumb I know, but you could really help someone out just like that. Be compassionate, be kind, love others, think of others. Change your thinking, change the world, one person at a time.
I am sorry I rambled on this… I just have so much in my mind to cover.. but I shall wait and give a little at a time. As always thank you for reading. 🙂
VERSES & VIDEOS RELATED
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also to the interests of others.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
1 John 3:17
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Bear one another burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
FOR MORE VERSES ON HELPING OTHERS. (http://www.openbible.info/topics/helping_others)
The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathered where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’