Help Them Live, 06APR
Nothing more endearing these day than hearing throughout the world of people wishing each other: “Stay Safe”… When the times are sad and yet the JOY of living is shared, we are now seeing the goodness of people ring out over and over. And we do see more people helping people – especially locally – people want to share HOPE, not be overloaded by desperation. I believe that God expresses His LOVE thru us in this way, not wanting anyone to perish, but to experience the desire to share some compassion.
We often can help others to live a little easier, as others help us too…. We are also called to live a little more Easter-ier too. Easter-ery by giving life over death advice. God’s great compassion became a gift in which we all can share in, especially remembered at Easter-time, JESUS.
JESUS. Easter IS all about not perishing. If we can share knowledge of Jesus who opened up the Way to Heaven by being the Way, we will help others live.
I believe that we all have the instinct to help, if it is cultivated. That comes from seeds of God’s love pre-planted. We may say it’s helping and welcoming the stranger – but God knows each soul. We are placed into the situations where God hopes we share attributes of Him.
I was chatting with a local very friendly homeless man, Mike, outside the store he resting in front of. He chooses street life freedom and he never asks for anything, and he is SHOWERED with gifts. Mike always asks me about my singing, I am not a stranger to him, nor him to me, from talks over the last couple years. At this moment, a mom walked up with a young man who gave him brown paper bags of prepared food. The boy was timid, but the mom urged him forward, and she did the talking. Mike was welcoming and thankful to the young man (he always is). In that brief interaction I saw God’s opportunity and love cultivated: teaching the young man, someone helping Mike, and someone approaching him more than simply as a stranger, because clearly she pre-planned those bag meals for specifically him. AND I saw gratitude. Ah, the innate love of God being cultivated.
Similarly, on a bigger scale, I heard of people showing goodness and compassion in seeming chaos 50 years ago, from a documentary streaming on Netflix about Woodstock’s 4-day peace love and rock-n-roll festival in 1969, same year as my birth. People feeding people was a segment that drew me in, a local woman interviewed spoke of the scriptures “welcome the stranger” – a man interviewed mentioned he had a 19 year old as well and knew they all needed to eat because the food ran out and he gave thousands of eggs. One quote from a news reel read: “The people of Sullivan County, hearing reports of food shortages, gathered thousands of food donations to be airlifted to the site, including about 10,000 sandwiches, water, fruit and canned goods.”
Yes, in the documentary they showed locals bringing food to the school to be airlifted in. They showed volunteers passing out cups of granola and of course water to the crowds… there were volunteer medical teams too… 500,000 people in an instant city, volunteers galore…
So we probably can’t feed the whole world only in brown bags, but we can help in small and big ways, we can help people live better by sharing our gifts, our tools. And God does give us tools….
Then, how can we help people live NOT for food but FOREVER? By shining Jesus and teaching like He did. By sharing the knowledge of God as the source of all good, of all sharing, of all love. By telling others the meaning behind the sharing, and hope they dig deeper… It is a secret of life that MUST be shared. We are all in this together…
While looking up the scriptures on welcoming strangers, a friend who works in the grocery store texted how much of an honor it was for her to serve the Lord in these times. She is being cheerful at her store stocking shelves. When many stay in their homes like a fortress, she puts her own troubles aside and ventures out (with protection of the full armor of God) to go serve – and remembers to share her JOY, service to Jesus, to Others, before Yourself. JOY teaches… JOY inspires…
Jesus is our Easter message of how to HELP THE WORLD LIVE. Take JOY in the opportunity to share Jesus today…
Matthew 25:35 ESV /
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
Hebrews 13:2 ESV /
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV /
“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
Romans 15:7 ESV /
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Romans 12:13 ESV /
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Leviticus 19:34 ESV /
You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
1 Peter 4:9 ESV /
Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Matthew 25:40 ESV /
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Exodus 23:9 ESV /
“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 24:22 ESV /
You shall have the same rule for the sojourner and for the native, for I am the Lord your God.”
Deuteronomy 10:19 ESV /
Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Exodus 22:21 ESV /
“You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
3 John 1:5 ESV /
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are…
Hebrews 13:1-2 ESV /
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 ESV /
He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.