We all know someone. What I mean is that when you’re feeling down, you’ve got that friend or family member that cheers you up. Whenever you’re concerned or undecided, you’ve got that person in your life that just seems to have the wisdom to help you figure things out. If you just want to laugh and be silly, you know who to call. God, in His glorious riches, has given us all certain qualities to be someone that somebody else needs. We can’t be everything, but we can be something specific at their time of need and vice versa.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.” (Genesis 1:26 NLT) The very God of the universe made us to be like Him. Keep in mind, we’re not Him. He has ALL perfect attributes and His supply chain never runs out. However, we all have character traits that He’s put in us for His use and glory. The problem is, we live in a sin stained world and don’t always fulfill our obligations to others. To be quite honest, we tend to get very self-focused most of the time and don’t make the time for other people’s needs until our own are met. This is certainly not what the Lord intended. We’re probably somewhat familiar with John 3:16. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). Notice that He loved us, so He gave! This is the key to acting like your Father in Heaven. Give whatever He pours into you. Some of you are gifted with encouraging others, so cheer someone up. You never know the impact a kind word can make. Some of you are just “doers”. You naturally love to help. So, if you see a need that you can be of assistance, do it. A lot of folks are prayer warriors. Take people’s needs before the Lord as if it were your own. You get the idea.
By using your gifts and talents to serve others, you’re actually serving the Lord, Himself. “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40 NLT) This is being Kingdom minded instead of being preoccupied with your own issues. God knows that if He can get you involved with someone else’s issues, you will be blessed yourself. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9 NLT). It’s the law God has in place of sowing and reaping. You will always harvest what you plant. In this manner, everyone is being taken care of and God gets the glory! It’s He who has enabled all of us to be a blessing to others. This is working together as the family of God that He desires.
Sometimes we’re praying over and over for God to move in our situations and He’s already set up the answer in the form of another person. What if we’re that person for someone else? What if we all just ignore the needs and look only within? Nothing will be accomplished and God’s gifts go unopened. This is not right! God wants all of us to be a ray of hope to someone in need showing them that He cares. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27 NLT). Face it. None of us can do life alone depending solely on ourselves. We need what others have to offer and they need us. Let’s see to it that the people God created in His image are all taken care of.
Today’s guest writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.