Monday, May 19, 2014

Care And Concern For Others!

Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. (1 Pet. 5:5) 

Humility of mind is really an attitude, isn't it? It's a preset mentality that determines ahead of time thoughts like this: 

I care about those around me.
Why do I always have to be first?
I'm going to help someone else win for a change. 
Today I'm going to curb my fierce competitive tendencies. 

Instead of always thinking about receiving, we'll start looking for ways to give. Instead of holding grudges against those who offend, we'll be anxious to forgive. And instead of keeping a record of what we've done or who we've helped, we'll take delight in forgetting the deed(s) and being virtually unnoticed. Our hunger for public recognition will diminish in significance. 

Improving Your Serve

Showing care and concern for others has been one of the many reasons why humanity has survived the ravages of evil we have created and still create to this day. Showing care and concern is the most profound way to show the love of God to the "least of these". There are so many amazing ways to express love and concern to those around us. As a Christian, one of the best ways in expressing care and concern is when we go on missions trips to foreign countries. Can we do the same thing in the communities we live in? Definitely. In my experience, I have had scores of opportunities to minister to people locally and regionally and have been richly blessed in those opportunities.

But when you leave the comforts and familiarity of your own environment (in this case, country), the opportunity to show care and concern takes on a whole new life of it's when you witness firsthand the conditions they live in. I personally thank God for Jesus. Jesus has shown us through His Word that we are very capable of expressing care and concern, not on our own strength and will, but in the name of Jesus and with the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we walk in the Spirit (as Jesus did), the care and concern we demonstrate to others will have not only a supernatural effect, but make an eternal impact in the lives of those God brings our way. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! My hope and prayer is that you will make yourself available to God so He can enable you and empower you to express care and concern to everyone you encounter. Always remember. . . . JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).