"God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another." [1 Peter 4:10-11. NLT]
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." [Ephesians 2:10. NLT]
There are so many opportunities all around us to help other people and to make this world a better place. God has given you unique talents, gifts and abilities. Use them.
Jesus said that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35). Even psychologists have proven that there is a longer lasting sense of genuine happiness from engaging in one act of kindness than in any act of personal pleasure.
Who can you help today?
- Help around the home. Don't allow any task to be seen as too menial. The best families are where everyone pulls their weight to get done what needs to be done. Are you a helper around the home?
- Help your neighbours. Lend a hand. Offer to help out.
- Help your church. Each church has so many opportunities for people to contribute. Church leaders (and staff) don't exist to do all the work of the ministry themselves, but to empower and encourage the whole church to contribute to kingdom purpose (see Ephesians 4:1-121).
- Help your community. There are many significant causes and organisations that exist to help the poor and needy in each community. Volunteer your time or give a financial donation.
- Help your employer. Every business exists to offer a service or product that aims at providing a benefit to the lives of people. Use your work or career as a means of helping others, in the love of Christ.
- Help your world. I heard BONO from U2 say recently, "In a global village, who is our neighbour?" A thought-provoking question! Many of the world people live in dire poverty. The needs can seem overwhelming. It is easy to be paralysed by them. But we can do something to make a difference ... today. Pray. Make a financial donation to an effective poverty relief organisation. Volunteer your time. Consider going on a short-term trip to help out practically.
Helping communicates love. It is love in action. Be a better helper this year - and be prepared to notice your increasing impact.
"So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless." [1 Corinthians 15:58. NLT]