I Want To Help!
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. John 13: 14-15 “
Jesus wanted us to serve one another, not take what we can get from one another. He is our King. And yet, he bowed down and washed the dirty feet of poor fishermen. He did this because he understood God’s kingdom. It is not like our own earth and the people in it. God is so full of love that everything he does is to GIVE us his gifts- the greatest of which is, of course, eternal life through Jesus. Paul, the apostle wrote a letter to the new church at Phillipa thanking them for their financial gift (below):
(10) How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. (11) Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. (12) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (13) For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (14) Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty. (15) As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. (16) Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once. (17) I don’t say this because I want a gift from you. Rather, I want you to receive a reward for your kindness. … They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.”- Philippians 4: 10-17
Imagine that! Paul was an unusual church leader in that he refused to give up his tent-making business to support himself. He went poor and hungry sometimes. He felt so convicted in his spirit that he didn’t want to distract a single person with their work for God. When he received this gift from the Phillipa church, he was mostly happy because they had pleased God and would receive a reward from HIM!
Therein lies the secret to happiness. Giving. Not exactly intuitive. And yet, it is the truth. Sometimes we can’t give money to help the church- but guess what? Your love & your time matters just as much. Think about volunteering your time to God. He will love you for it and will surely reward you in the most unbelievable way!