Friday March 27, 2009
If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 1 John 3:17.
Of course, there are so many ways in which we can provide for others in need. As I write this, an email arrived from someone confirming their plan to pray for me that the surgery would go well, without complications and recovery would be quick. She is one of many who have promised to pray. But I also think of my surgeon and the supporting medical staff that have made it their life’s work to help those in need. I’m sure that many do it simply out of human compassion, and not necessarily in Christ’s name. But then there are Christians who rarely fill a need for another. I wonder how God responds to this.
We thank God for all those that have provided help when we needed it; my surgery is no exception, we covet your prayers and support. It is with an intense sense of gratitude that we realize God is our final helper and the blessings of life all come from him—but frequently through others who have placed themselves at his disposal. What we do for people is significant. However, it is noteworthy that the text refers to material possessions. Perhaps what we do with our money and possessions is the ultimate test of our commitment to God and his work. As Jesus said: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)