What A Man Says
I believe we have all been there. We have all found ourselves in the hustle and business of the day and realized that there is a need right there in front of us. Someone is hurting or needs help and we are faced with a decision. We can either ignore it and continue on with our agenda and schedule, or we can stop and take care of the one who is right in front of us. I think the truth is that so many of us, myself included, are to focused on the things we have on our list that we do not even recognize when there is an opportunity to serve someone. So, we never even have the chance to make a decision. We literally forget to do good because we feel we need to accomplish what we set out to do. For those who do see the need, they are then faced with a choice, to either sacrifice their time and possessions to help meet the need, or to simply have the thought “that is not my problem”, “there is nothing I can do to help”, or “somebody else will take care of it” and move on with their day.
With all of that being said, we must also remember that we cannot meet everyone’s need all of the time. If we truly tried to help every single person every time we see a need, we would be completely overwhelmed and find out we have no ability to help. How then do we balance the reality that we are to help those in need with the truth that we have no ability to help everyone? This is where knowing the voice of the Lord comes into play. We need to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and hear what He is telling us to do. Let me share with you a real world experience that I had once while on a mission trip….
We had gone to preach in a church before a group of people and in the back of the crowd I noticed a man who very clearly had little. It seemed as though the shirt he was wearing was so old and worn out that it might fall off his body at any point. It was full of holes and very dirty. I was wearing a new shirt that was purchased prior to the trip. In my heart I immediately wanted to go back and tell the man to give me his shirt and then give him mine. As I was walking back towards the man, I heard the voice of the Lord tell me no, this was not the time. I struggled with that, but when I finally came to the man, I simply offered to pray for him. Later on as I was talking to the Lord about why He had told me not to do that, He showed me that the greatest desire that man had was to be viewed with respect as a human being. If I had exchanged shirts with him the enemy would have worked in his mind to tell him that he was less of a person. So instead of sharing my shirt with him, I shared a time of prayer and conversation.
I want to challenge you today, as you go about your daily schedule and work, always stay aware of the people that the Lord places in front of you. When He puts someone in your path who need to see His love, seek what it is that the Lord would have you do and then go forth and do it. We cannot allow our own schedule and agenda to override the work that the Lord places in our path.