The Christian Public Servant – “do anything to help”

Two men in a car1

September 25, 2017 – Monday

James 2:14-17 [ESV] What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

A friend called today, stressed over his job situation. It’s beginning to have a negative impact on his family life. His current job does not pay enough, and he must spend a lot of time away from his three-year-old daughter and his wife. He’s trying to get a job in a neighboring state that would pay more, and give him more time with his family. He has an interview lined up for the following week, but does not have a car worthy of the trip.

As I listened, I began to wonder, “Can I do anything to help?” Of course, I would pray for my friend. Yet, the Spirit kept nudging me and tugging at my heart to do more. In fact, toward the end of the conversation, my friend asked if I could drive him next weekend to that neighboring state for the interview.

Now I don’t know about you, but my weekends are rather full. Taking an out-of-state trip would be inconvenient. But then I began to think of how that drive would not only help my friend, but also help his family. I could also share my faith and love for Christ. So, I said I would drive him.

Have you found yourself in the middle of a situation where the Spirit nudged you to act and do anything to help?

At work today, remember God puts you in the pathways of people who have a lot of burdens – citizens you serve, coworkers, and people you pass in the lobby. Quite often, they need someone who will do anything to help. Today, won’t you give of yourself and share your faith and love of the Lord by sharing your works? Today, won’t you do anything to help?

Lord, thank You for always watching over me in dismayed times. Let me be Your hands and Your feet. Let me live my faith through Your action so I may fulfill the needs of others. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen!

William Waples
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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