…be someone who cares more. -Unknown
In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, we can be the people who care more. Sometimes it may seem like the world is growing colder and darker, but as Christians, it is our joy to care for others and to do so sacrificially.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for markalanwilliams.net.
Honestly, before I accepted Christ in my 20’s, I couldn’t care less about others, because I was
too busy taking care of myself. But now I’m grateful that the Lord helps me to care about others, and to be part of a church and multiple ministries that care and share the love of Christ.
One of the ways that my church demonstrates care is by feeding the homeless. Twice each
month, I am part of a team that cooks and serves dinner for two homeless shelters in our
Since this is November, I felt like God wanted me to do something I’ve never done before and
cook a turkey. Not just one but two turkeys—to share with the needy! I watched many YouTube videos and read many articles to prepare myself. But, after the recommended amount of time, they were both still undercooked. In a panic, I prayed and searched the internet for help. I found an article that suggested carving them and continuing to cook them with broth and gravy. They turned out fine and my faith grew as I trusted the Lord. It feels so good to care for others and share the love of Christ.
With recent headlines of mass shootings and hate crimes on the rise, it would seem like the world is full of people who couldn’t care less. But, as Christians, we don’t want to imitate the behavior of the world, nor do we want to allow others who do wrong to influence our way of living. We want to imitate God and let Him change the way we think.
Romans 12:2 says, “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)
Believers in the Lord Jesus have the Holy Spirit to empower us and the Word of God as our
instruction manual for living. Christians should especially demonstrate care and love in action that effects positive change in the world. That includes care for those in our immediate sphere of influence and others living abroad, all in Christ’s Name.
Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” (NLT)
Colossians 3:12 says, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (NLT)
In a world full of broken families, Christians are to care for our own relatives. Then we are to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
1 Timothy 5:8 says, “But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” (NLT)
Galatians 6:2 says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (NLT)
Philippians 2:4 says, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” (NLT)
Romans 12:13 says, “When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” (NLT)
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. (Galatians 6:9-10 NLT)
In a world full of people who are in need, Christians are to shine for Jesus.
Matthew 5:16 says, “You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (NLT)
Matthew 25:35-36 says, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
Isaiah 58:10 says, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” (NLT)
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