“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” – Mathew 7:7-8 (NIV)
As promised by the scripture, God will help you. Many times his assistance comes by working through others—an acquaintance, a family member, a friend, or a stranger. Have your prayers, big or small, ever been answered by the actions of another? What if that person had decided against action because he or she was too busy, not in the mood, thought ‘I can’t do that’, or thought ‘it’s not my business’? Then, your blessing from God would have been delayed. Has God ever inspired you to help someone else? Serving God comes in all forms. You don’t have to be a foreign missionary or a local saint to serve God. Holding a door and smiling at a stranger; agreeing to serve on a committee at Church; volunteering in the community; choosing to build someone up with kind words and not judging are all ways that you can serve God. When someone asks you for a favor or you see a need, God could be trying to use you to answer that person’s prayers. God wants to use you for his work. Act on God’s subtle nudge, and be proactive and ask those around you if they need help. Some people are unsure who to ask for help, or afraid of being looked down upon. There are opportunities all around us. If you’re unsure of how to serve, pray, and tell God that you are willing, and an opportunity to serve will present itself.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank you for the blessings that you have given me through the actions of others. Lord, please use me to respond to the needs around me so that I may glorify you. In your name I pray, amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What can you do to help someone have a better day? Start with smiling.
Written by Madeline White
Let us do life together, growing closer to Jesus, and closer to each other, through stories and experiences from the people of our church. Join us as we begin a new series for the Advent season, beginning Tuesday, November 28.