WHAT KEEPS US FROM SERVING OTHERS? (3)
A well-known comedian quipped, ‘Scientists announced today that they’d found a cure for apathy. However, they claim no one has shown the slightest bit of interest in it.’
When it comes to communicating, that could be said of many of us; we’re indifferent to how we come across. We may not necessarily feel superior to others, but we don’t go out of our way to get to know them either.
Because it’s hard work! In reality, indifference is another form of selfishness that keeps you from connecting with people. English novelist George Eliot put it like this: ‘Try to care about something in this vast world besides the gratification of small selfish desires. Try to care for what is best in thought and action—something that is good apart from the accidents of your own lot. Look on other lives besides your own. See what their troubles are, and how they are borne.’
People truly appreciate it when you make the effort, no matter how small, to try and see things from their point of view. Paul writes, ‘Be kindly, affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another’ (Romans 12:10 NKJV).
Everybody you meet is wrestling with a fear or fighting a battle, and if you’re caring and sensitive, God will give you a word that can lift them. Isaiah said, ‘The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary…’ (Isaiah 50:4 NKJV). What a gift—to be able to lift someone who is struggling.
‘But they paid no attention…’ Matthew 22:5 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
John 15:15:5, 7-16; 16:23-24
whoever abides in me & I in him, he it is that bears much fruit! If you abide in me, & my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, & it will be done for you.
By this my father is glorified, that you bear much fruit & so prove to be my disciples. Abide in my love! If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.
These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, & that your joy may be full! This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you! You did not choose me, but I chose you
& appointed you that you should go & bear fruit! Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the father in my name, he will give it to you! Until now you have asked nothing
in my name.
Ask, & you will receive, that your joy may be full!
Abide in him & let his word abide in you & you will bear much fruit! Ask in his name today abiding & you will be amazed! Never delay!