What A Man Says
In the New Testament, Jesus made it very clear that we are His Body. We are to carry on the work that He demonstrated, and we are to act as His hands and His feet here on earth. We also know that as we go through our lives, we will encounter many people in need, and in fact, we may often be that person in need. So, what are we to do when we see that God has placed someone in front of us who is in need? Today’s scripture gives us some insight into this. We can clearly see that we are to provide for urgent needs that are around us. We are to live productively, but what is interesting is what comes at the beginning of this passage. This is essentially a cause-and-effect statement. It tells us that we must first devote ourselves to doing good so that we are able to care for the needs that are in front of us.
How do we devote ourselves to doing good? I believe that in order to do good, we must be intentional. We must make our decision before going out each day that we are going to do the things that the Lord has instructed us to do. We are going to walk in His commands and His direction. We cannot wait until we are in the moment of temptation to determine what we are going to do. Devoting ourselves means that we have already made our mind up so that when we face a critical situation, we know exactly what to do.
Next, when it tells us that we are to provide for urgent needs, how are we to do that? Often times, people refer those in need to other people. They see a person who is hurting and, instead of offering them comfort, tell them to call the church and talk to the pastor. But, when the Lord places a person in your life, I believe that He is desiring to see you step up. We have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ each day, yet so often we pass it on to someone else. Today, devote yourself to doing good, and then when you see someone in need, take the initiative to help.