Deuteronomy 22:1-2, “If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back.”When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone? Sure, you may feel like you’re already overloaded with your own needs and problems. And who really has the time? I mean, everybody’s got something they’re dealing with. I’ll look after me, and you can look after you, right?But that’s not what God calls us to do. He desires for His people to actively take notice of others’ burdens and willingly lend a helping hand – even at extra effort or expense to themselves. We are to extend Christ’s overflowing and sacrificial love to others without hesitation.That can sound like a pretty tall order. But, praise the Lord, we aren’t meant to do this out of ourselves! Here’s the good news: you don’t have to struggle and try out of your own effort to be the perfect, selfless Christian. Focus on spending time with God, on enjoying and taking Him in, and you will spontaneously overflow with His love onto others.
Lord, I pray I would enjoy You more today. Make me a conduit for Your love and mercy. Be the selfless One working in and through me. Amen.