December 29 - Called to Help Those Who Cannot Help Themselves

Today's Scripture: Proverbs 31:8-9

 Central Thought: There are many people who cannot help themselves.

    With blessing comes responsibility. If I have much, I am responsible to those who have little. The writer of Proverbs says: 'Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously; defend the rights of the poor and needy” (vv. 8-9).

    We have a responsibility to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of the destitute. It's one thing to feel a burden and pray for the less fortunate. It's another to do as the old AT&T commercial said and 'reach out and touch someone.”
 
        When you see someone hurting today—reach out and give them a hug.
        When you see someone who is lonely—take the time to sit with them.
        When you see someone who needs money—give something. 
   

    I can remember as a missionary in Paris being asked one time by a new follower of Christ, 'What am I to do with all those who are begging in the subways of Paris? Should I give to everyone I pass by?” My response was, 'Your responsibility is not to give to everyone you pass by on a daily basis but to give to at least one.”

     Almost yearly, mission teams go out from our church to other countries to build a church or a school. When they return and give a report they generally say, 'We have so much here where we live, and they have so little.” My response is, 'We are not to feel guilty for what we do have; we are to feel responsible for what they don't have.”
 

        William Ward writes:
        I will do more than belong—I will participate.
        I will do more than care—I will help.
        I will do more than believe—I will practice.
        I will do more than be fair—I will be kind.
        I will do more than forgive—I will forget.
        I will do more than dream—I will work.
        I will do more than teach—I will inspire.
        I will do more than earn—I will enrich.
        I will do more than give—I will serve.
        I will do more than live—I will grow.
        I will do more than suffer—I will triumph.[1]

Devotional Prayer: Lord help me to be sensitive to the needs of others. Lead me to those less fortunate than me. Give me the wisdom and ability to reach out.

Today's Bible Reading: Zechariah 14:1-21; Revelation 20:1-15; Psalm 148:1-14; Proverbs 31:8-9

[1] William Ward. Source: Haddon Robinson, Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society (June 2003): p. 12.