When last did you ask someone with honesty how they are doing? During 2020 especially, people have all been experiencing challenges regarding their health, finances, occupation, education, and distance from family and friends. We can become so consumed with our hurt, pain, anxiety, lack, or difficulties that we become blind to others and their needs. Our world becomes small, and the devil has a way of turning our focus inward so that we self-obsess, self-pity, question God’s goodness, and feel isolated. We become easy targets for the devil’s lies, deception, confusion, and destruction.
God did not create us to live or function in isolation. He made us part of a body, in Christ, where we can work together, support and encourage each other. We are stronger together. As Jesus is the head of the body of believers, we aim to follow His example. Even though Jesus is God, He was also human here on earth.
Jesus never lost sight of others or His purpose while He was living His human life. He always had compassion and love for others. He stopped to help, heal, and show His love in practical ways. The Bible says that He did not lose sight of the goal or purpose set before Him. While He was experiencing excruciating pain, suffering, shame, and disgrace on the cross, He willing endured it all for you and me. Jesus was not focused on His pain. He was focused on your and my freedom, redemption, salvation, and reconciling us to the Father. He chose love above His pain. When the Jews crucified and cursed Him, He did not feel sorry for Himself but had empathy and asked the Father to forgive them.
“… His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
Hebrews 12:2b TPT
While you might not have the solution to someone’s problems, just showing you care makes a big difference. By asking someone sincerely how they are, or offering prayer, or a word of encouragement goes a long way, especially when it is not a convenient time or thing to do. It is not only beneficial for that person but does something good for your soul as well. It takes the focus from ourselves to others. It stirs compassion, changes our perspective on our problems, and helps us all to go through life together. There are more people out there in the same boat as you than you might think. Let’s be sensitive to those around us and what they need.
It all starts with a simple honest question of ”How are you?” to show your love and support. Show an interest in others’ needs and share in their joy and suffering as Paul writes in Romans 12.
“Take a constant interest in the needs of God’s beloved people and respond by helping them. And eagerly welcome people as guests into your home. Celebrate with those who celebrate, and weep with those who grieve.”
Romans 12:13, 15 TPT
We should not wallow in our suffering. It makes us self-centered on me, myself, and I. It is selfish and makes you unable to impact the world around you. We need each other, especially during these times. Instead of waiting for someone to support and care for you and all you are going through, why not take that first step? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Reach out to someone despite your struggles. You will be blessed as well, knowing you have made a difference, giving something that makes their burden lighter. If you give, you will receive in return.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.”
Luke 6:38 AMP
“But Talita, you do not know what I am facing at the moment? I need a lot of help”. That is precisely why we, as the body of Christ, need to be there for each other. Just as you need others, people need you as well. It is not a contest to see who is experiencing the worst circumstances. Everybody has their challenges. No one is exempt from going through seasons of trials and suffering. That’s life, and Jesus Himself said that we would experience many troubles and trials in this world. But thankfully, Jesus has overcome the world and promises us His peace. We need to be part of that victory as the body of Christ. Share Jesus and His hope, peace, grace, and love. The world needs YOU!
“Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].”
Galatians 6:2 AMP
Rather than just supporting when things are tough for someone, why not make it a lifestyle. That is what the love of God is all about. Let’s pay it forward today. Instead of asking someone to help, care, or pray for you, offer that help first. If everyone took a moment each day to reach outward, what a difference we can make all over the world? When you are praying for someone in need, it can be very encouraging just to send a message to that person that you are doing so. Send an encouraging message or Bible verse to build them up. Spread the love. If you need kindness today, show kindness. If you need grace, show grace, etc. Sow what you need. You will reap the reward or harvest of that selfless act.
At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished … it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. – Denzel Washington
Therefore, I am asking you the reader, ”How are you doing today?” Know that I am praying for every person reading this blog. My prayer is that you will know how much God loves and cares for you. He has not forgotten about you but is within you and by your side. Know that He is intently mindful of you and all your needs. He is always faithful, cannot lie, and will always keep His Word. Trust and believe in Him as your Heavenly Father, Who is able and willing. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Stay resolute my friend.
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