Helping Others In The Name Of Jesus
Our journey in life is often a personal one taking care of the areas that makes us better people. God wants us to include helping others in our walk and the following are some references in the Bible.
“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
-John 13:34-35 (KJV)
Our culture has always been enamored with the idea of independence; we like to think we can get by just fine on our own and that we owe nothing to the people around us. Ironically, this is the same culture that worships the ideas of tolerance and coexistence. According to Jesus, however, life is about more than looking out for your own interests and pretending to acknowledge others in the process. We are meant to love and help one another, even if it costs us.
There isn’t a single human being who doesn’t need some sort of help. You never know what someone may be going through, even if they seem to have it all together. Scripture makes it clear that we, as humans, were made for community with one another. We were made to build each other up and take care of each other in all circumstances. While our society would call this a burden, we as believers should consider it a privilege and a joy. There’s just something deeply fulfilling and satisfying about helping a brother or sister in need, because that’s exactly what we are called to do.
Helping others also reflects our own faith and gives the world around us a small, yet beautiful picture of God’s love for His people. God gave the ultimate sacrifice by sending His innocent son to die in our place, that we might be saved. He has set the standard for selflessness and humility; while we will never be as perfect as Christ Himself, we should seek to be more and more like him every day. Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
Finally, consider this passage from Matthew 25:37-40: “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Everything we do to serve others, no matter how small, ultimately brings glory to God. To love our neighbors is to love Him; to neglect our neighbors is to neglect Him. When we learn to love people, we learn a huge part of what it means to be a member of the body of Christ.