My job as a Christian, representing my Lord, is to have compassion on the downtrodden and to help them in whatever trouble they have when I am confronted with such a situation where someone needs help. As James 1:27 tells us, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” We are also taught in Matthew 25:31-46 and Isaiah 58:6-12 that the truest expression of Love for our God is to help our fellow person in their troubles. If we have real faith, it will be accompanied by actions. It is not enough to simply have compassion for such downtrodden people and to say a prayer or to give them a blessing, but if it is within our power to help them, our faith in such situations should be accompanied by deeds (James 2:16-17). But as with these situations and with all things that we do for our Lord and all things that we accomplish throughout the day, we should listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit who will tell us what is appropriate to do or say in these and all situations.
As a younger Christian, I was sometimes overwhelmed with the many opportunities for service and the many needs that I would see in the news or hear about at church, etc. It is easy to be overwhelmed. But it is important to remember with all the wealth of needs across your community and even the world, that it is not your responsibility to meet them all. Your only responsibility is to listen for God’s still small voice directing you to the small piece of the gigantic pie that you are responsible for and then, upon recognizing God’s guidance, to obey. God is responsible for the entire pie, all of the needs of all humanity, and He is powerful enough, wise enough, all-knowing, and compassionate enough to handle all this responsibility all by Himself if He so chooses. But He wants us to be part of His work so that we can learn and grow and become more like Him every day. And He can break down into smaller pieces the tremendous complexity of this gigantic work for meeting all the needs of humanity, and He can thus divide out to His children small pieces of the work for our benefit and blessing.
We finish on this topic tomorrow. May God bless you with peace and rest on this Sunday.