Skip to main content

Life Hack #26: Get Up, Pay Attention

Life Hack #26:

Rescue the perishing; don’t hesitate to step in and help. If you say, “Hey, that’s none of my business,” will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know—someone not impressed with weak excuses. (Proverbs 24:11-12)

None of us do things in a vacuum. Every action or inaction on our part not only affects another, it is observed by many, but especially one person - God himself. The times of 'disengagement' or inaction are just as significant as when we engage or take action. Why? We have been commanded to be "active" on behalf of those who need us to step in and help - inaction on our part is actually disobedience. What we do with the opportunities we miss are maybe more important than those we actually embrace! God knows and understands our hearts - he sees into the very core of our being, knows our thoughts, interprets our intent, and is comfortable exploring the recesses of our reasoning. He doesn't have a whole lot of patience with excuses, though. Since he knows our hearts, any excuse we could render really falls short of the truth anyway!

God asks us to pay special attention to those on the verge of being destroyed through neglect, violence, or any other force working to leave a life in ruin. Have you ever stopped to just reach out to a small child with nothing more than a smile and a little wave? You catch their eye, don't you? Why? They crave attention. Kids are built that way - they want the attention of adults around them. Who knows if that tiny moment of attention could make a world of difference to the child who hasn't received any positive attention from those in their life today? When we step in and help, our intentions become actions. Actionable intentions are the only ones that count! The willingness to step in and help goes way beyond the platitudes of "let me know if there is anything you need", as we all know human tendency is to offer assist as a matter of courtesy, hoping silently that no one will really take them up on their offer! 

God has a different set of "marching orders" for us, including us actually putting "feet" to our words. We can all recognize a need, but not all of us will find a way to meet it. We may not have the means to meet it ourselves, but we can always stand with the one who has the need - such as when someone is going through chemo in a battle with cancer. We cannot beat the cancer for them, but we can drive them to chemo, clean up their yard when they are too tired to lift a trowel, or just bring a bag of groceries on our way home from our errands at the local grocer. 

Our "business" is to be ambassadors of Christ's love on this earth. We cannot turn a blind eye or deaf ear to the cries of those in places of despair and desperation. We hold the very thing they need - the connection to God's grace, love, and provision. Our business is HIS business and as such, we are not to neglect it - EVER. What we do matters to not only the one we are reaching out to, but to the one who is silently taking it all in. Your example may be the very thing someone else needs to actually connect to the love of Jesus - seeing Jesus in your actions may be the very evidence that helps them to see their own need for him. We can limit our 'earthly' effectiveness through our stubbornness or neglect, but we can magnify his grace with every action done in his name. Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

Do me a favor

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:1-4) Has God's love made ANY difference in your life? What is that difference? Most of us will likely say that our lives were changed for the good, while others will say there was a dramatic change. Some left behind lifestyles marked by all manner of outward sin - like drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, or even thievery. There are many that will admit the things they left behind were just a bit subtler - what we can call inward sin - things like jealousy,