And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
For Jonah, God asked him to take his grace to Israel’s conquerors. For us, Jesus asks us to love our enemies. Could we be like Jonah resisting to share the gospel with those we might be “against”? There is no such thing as neutrality towards other people. We are either for or against, following or running, giving to others or not.
A.W. Tozer writes about how we like to choose who we sacrifice for, when, where and who is watching. True sacrifice cannot choose; it gives when giving is the compassionate thing to do. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his book Life Together, says community is active helpfulness. “Nobody is too good for the meanest service. One that worries about the loss of time that such petty, outward acts of helpfulness entail is usually taking the importance of his own career too seriously.”
In giving it’s the little things that count all the time. Take a walk around your neighborhood, workplace, or church. Let the Holy Spirit show you those you might not see as God sees. As your eyes are opened, be receptive to God’s leading. Contemplate the little things you might do to make the good news of Jesus known.
By Donna Burns