Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting to help people. This is the pure essence of what God wants us to do in life in response to what He has done for us in saving us and continuing to work in our lives. But when you go to help other people in loving service, you should approach it humbly, knowing that you are no better than they are, and knowing that God sends you into those situations because there is something there for you to learn as well. When we perform loving service, we should be gaining something from the situation as well. We should learn a little something about ourselves and grow a little bit more from the situation. Many times, there is something that the person we are helping can teach us. God spreads His wisdom lavishly and widely among all people so that all have something useful in life to help themselves in their life and something that they can share with others. Of course, this is dependent on what kind of attitude is present in the individual. If they are too resistant to His Spirit and perhaps too far gone in their sin, then it becomes more difficult for God to put anything worthwhile into them.
But most of the time that I have encountered other people out and about in this life, I have come away a little wiser about myself and about God from the situation because there was something about the person I encountered that I had perhaps not realized about life and people. God is a very generous God. He wants us all to be happy and useful in life. So He lavishes gifts and talents widely among the populace. He wants all people to have something unique in life to offer others. And He wants us each to have something to offer that will help make us happy and successful in life and will make sure that we have something valuable that others will need from time to time. This value in each other keeps us interacting as God intended. Knowing that God was so generous with us and that He wants us to interact, we should always be ready to encounter others in an open and generous way. Each of our lives is important to the overall scheme of things. I’m sure you have seen the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, with James Stewart. This cult classic has become very popular, especially at Christmas time when you can see it played throughout the season on various channels. The central theme of the movie is something that we should all remember, and that is, that each of us was put here to impact the world in our own unique way. Without our unique impact on the world, things would be different, the world a little less rich. One of the most famous quotes from the movie is from the angel, Clarence, who reminds the main character, George Bailey, of this very fact: “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?” In this holiday season, I pray that each of us remembers how important we are to this world.