If Not You, Then Who?
I've come to believe that God often works through His people to answer prayer. Though He does still provide miracles, most of His work is done by His people.
Have you ever experienced a moment when you saw someone having a hard time or heard something about a problem another Christian was suffering with and thought "I am just the right person to be able to help them"? Or, conversely, have you ever been in the midst of a problem yourself and, suddenly, seemingly out of the blue, you receive EXACTLY the help that you needed? Or, have you ever just experienced a series of events that seemed to slip into place just when you needed them because other people had started the sequence, seemingly unknowingly, prior to your needs? I know that I have certainly experienced all three of these phenomenons, and in those moments, I can feel God working in my life.
In multiple verses throughout the Bible, Christians are
urged to "love one another". John 13:34 commands "love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another". And John 15:12 commands "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you." In 1 John 4:11, "...if God so loved us, we ought also to love another" and 1 John 4:7 "...let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God". The list of verses commanding Christians to love one another goes on: 1 Thessalonians 4:9, 1 John 4:12, John 13:35, 1 John 13:35, and more.
So how can we, as Christians, show this love? By serving others. Galatians 5:13 commands "...but by love serve another".
I realize that it can seem hard to love and serve people, in general. People have annoying hang-ups, people have awful problems, people have irritating habits, people's needs can sometimes seem overwhelming - but, I believe that the Bible urges us to "love one another" so many times because it is so very hard, yet so very neccesary.
Have you seen a need in someone's life that you can fill? If so, be sure to do it. Become one of God's army. If you don't, who will?
Today, do your best to go out and love someone. Help someone in need. Commit yourself to service. Encourage someone who is feeling down. You may be exact person in the world who can provide what that certain someone needs at the right moment.