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Stop and Help

In Exodus 23, we read a lot about the commands of the Lord. Some of the commands might seem foreign to us. Do you usually see a “donkey of someone who hates you (that) has collapsed under its load”? Most people do not even know someone who owns a donkey.

Even so, we can glean something from these commands. In today’s verse, we can note that in our culture today, this would be like seeing someone who hates you with a broken down car at the side of the road. Do you go on by or do you stop and help? Do you care?

I’ve been considering that question a lot lately. God wants us to care. If we love God, we should love people like He loves people. He commands it! If we have a heart for God, it is a heart that feels for others. If we don’t care, if we have a heart issue, that can be helped by the Holy Spirit. Allow the Spirit to work on you from the inside out. Pray about it. If you care for only some people, but there are others you disregard, there’s still a disconnect. The “stop and help” command does not change from one person to the next. Today, look inward. When you pass someone with a broken down donkey (or car), do you walk by?

“If you see that the donkey of someone who hates you has collapsed under its load, do not walk by. Instead, stop and help.” – Exodus 23:5 [NLT]

Least of These

Many times we pick and choose who we want to show kindness. It is a lot easier that way. We don’t need to address any of our own personal issues when we desire to show love and kindness to a person. We can stay in our comfort zone. The problem is, we aren’t meant to stay in our comfort zone, and we are commanded to love everyone. This includes loving those who are not easy to love.

In Matthew 25, we read about the Sheep and the Goats, the final judgment. In Verse 35, Jesus begins to share that what we do for others we are doing for Him. When we feed someone who is hungry, we feed Him. When we give someone who is thirsty a drink, we are refreshing Him. When we clothe the naked, we are clothing Him. When we visit someone who is sick or in prison, we are visiting Him. This can be helpful to self-examination, to looking inward at our heart and checking our motives and our level of compassion.

It will always be easier to help someone who you know well, someone who is like you, someone you find comfortable. But we can never share the love of Christ with the world if we stay in our own little safety area. Don’t stay in the bubble this week. Say “hello” to someone new. Do something kind for a stranger. Share the love of Christ with those who come along your path.

“Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’”- Matthew 25:45 [NASB]

Follow Unfollow

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 [NIV]

We learn interesting things about people on Social Media. I quite enjoy getting to connect with people from around the globe, not simply as a number, but to be a part of someone’s life. In all honesty, the numbers don’t make the person—followers do not make a person. Jesus had many followers. Jesus has many followers. But Jesus didn’t collect people.

I have noticed that there are people on Twitter who go around following as many people as they can with the hope that the people they follow will follow back. Then the same people un-follow most everyone that they followed so they have a high number of followers. The numbers look good. Someone relatively unknown to most people can have thousands of followers.

What saddens me is to see Pastors and Christian Leaders doing this to people. What does this tell a person about you when you simply collect them? How does this make them feel about themselves? I never heard about Jesus trying to gather together a large number—a collection—simply for display. I never heard about Jesus tossing people aside as if they meant nothing because He wanted to look like He was in high demand.

Today, remember everyone is special. With Jesus, it is not about collecting numbers. He knows each one of us personally. Each one of us is special. We are not collected for any reason but love.

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