“Make a difference with your existence.” This is a thought rolling through my mind often these days. How can we make a difference for the Lord and for good? We all want our lives to count. We all want to be change agents and make a difference in the lives of others for the glory of God.
I was thinking about this the other day as I was reading Matthew 25:31-46. It’s a scripture that is well known to many. Jesus says “I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink, was sick and you took care of me…” and he goes on. The people asked, “When were you hungry and we fed you? When were you thirsty…?” You remember the story; Jesus says – and here is the clincher – “When you did this for the least of these, you did it to me.”
Did you know that you can literally TOUCH THE HEART OF GOD by showing God’s love in a practical way to someone in need? This is something we all need to pray about today. “God, help me see a need and meet it. Let me find a hurt and help heal it.” When we reach out to help someone in need — providing food, water, clothing, helping folks with the essentials of life, we are touching the heart of God. Jesus said specifically, “When you do this for others you are doing it to me.”
You might feel insignificant. Maybe you don’t feel like you matter or are making much of a difference. Let me encourage you today, you can touch the heart of the God of the universe by showing compassion to someone in need. (If you missed it, take a few moments to listen to my teaching on this from our Compassion First weekends).
Let’s all pray today that God will give us eyes to see and a heart to love precious people who need food, water, clothing, shelter, encouragement, etc. Pray – and then look for ways to help in a specific practical way.