By Tami Heim
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
Do you ever feel numb to the tragedy and pain in the world? Perhaps it happens most often on those days when you find yourself wondering, “Will there actually be enough grace to get me through this life I’m living?”
How do you wrap your head around need in the world? It’s too big, overwhelming, and seemingly impossible to satisfy. Present everywhere, philanthropic and mission-oriented organizations approach you with a plea for help. How can you bring relief, a smile, or anything that would make a difference?
So much need and so little you.
Do you can look away, turn the TV channel, flip the page, change the radio station, click off the video, or allow an urgent request to float right by in a social media stream?
Refusing to engage may quiet the cry for help in your head and relieve you of any responsibility for a moment, but it doesn’t make the desperate sound any less urgent or real. People are dying spiritually and physically all around the world. So what could you possibly do about it?
You can help, give, and love.
Even when your own little world feels heavy and out of control – God‘s eager to use you to do so much more. In fact, He’s ready to make you a hero in someone’s life. Take a few minutes and watch this video, American Heroes, from The Global Orphan Project. See what God is doing and then go ahead – take that first step.
1. Open your heart. Allow His love to take root and fill you to the edges. Don’t be afraid to let God fill you with so much love it breaks your heart. (Ephesians 16-18)
2. Ask God where to begin. When you pray according to His will, He answers. God ‘s Word makes it clear His priority for the poor, the needy, and the suffering He will show you what you need to see. (Isaiah 48:17)
3. Pay attention. Brokenness, suffering, and hurt are living next door, in your neighborhood, at your workplace, in your church, and in your online communities. Listen, hear, and respond to what’s happening in the lives of others. Look for the need that’s right before you. (Deuteronomy 15:7)
4. Investigate. There are many organizations that have great momentum and others are just getting started. Take the time to explore what various groups and organizations are doing. Align what you find with what you know God wants you to do. (Acts 17:11)
5. Discover what compels you. You’ve already asked God to guide you so trust Him to prick your heart and give you the desire to serve. (II Corinthians 5:14)
6. Learn more. Most organizations are good about giving you multiple ways to serve and support the work being done. Think through what you can do in the short-term and set goals about how you can help in the long-term. (Proverbs 1:5)
7. Commit resources. Don’t just determine what you can give, but stretch yourself. Then commit to give it. Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate and build your own faithfulness. (Proverbs 22:9)
8. Inform others. Amplify the work of your chosen ministry or organization. Take it viral and spread the word about it to family, friends, and followers. Communicate often about what you are doing and the difference it makes. Live out your faith and support. (I Thessalonians 1:3)
9. Invite others. The scriptures remind us that we don’t have because we don’t ask. Never underestimate the power of what happens when you personally ask someone to join or support you. Don’t rob someone else the joy of giving and making a difference with you. (I Timothy 6:18)
10. Be a champion. Obey what Jesus is calling you to do. Don’t miss your assignment and role in His master plan. It’s your time to be His hands and feet in the world today. (II John 1:6)
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, and an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest. – Oscar Romero
Has there been a hero in your life? What has he or she done that impacted you the most?
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