In the Proverbs we read, “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow’ – when you now have it with you.” (Proverbs 3:27-28)
In Matthew 9:18-25 we read how Jesus reacted in the moment immediately. “While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples. Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, ‘If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.’ Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment. When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up.” Our Lord helped two people without delay. So should we!
We should act while a need exists.
“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17
We should not presume tomorrow.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’ will we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:14-15)
It’s important to remember that helping others will help us too. Henri Nouwen observed: “This is the great conversation in our life: to recognize and believe that the many unexpected events are not just disturbing interruptions of our projects, but the way in which God molds our hearts and prepares us.” We’re changed for the better when we respond today to the needs of others.
It’s also important to remember that we are the body of Christ. The body takes care of one another. But we also take care of the world. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion looks out on the world; yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.”
May the Lord use us to help someone – today!
Pastor Ken Atchison
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