A couple of years ago I wrote a post called, What Are You Waiting For? It was about how God had already given us the command to go tell others about Him but we often don’t.
Lately, God has been talking to me about a different kind of waiting. This time it’s more about seizing the day. We often have an opportunity to do something that brings glory to God and it isn’t necessarily talking about the Gospel. Now don’t get me wrong, sharing the Gospel is the primary activity we have here on earth, but sometimes God directs us to do other things and we procrastinate.
Have you ever heard yourself say, “one of these days I need to…” What keeps you from following through and actually making a plan to DO it? We could be talking about things like washing the windows or cleaning the garage. But it could be something much bigger. How about visiting that elderly neighbor to see if they need any work done around their home? Or perhaps you know a single mom who would appreciate an evening to herself while you entertain her children.
How many times have you had good intentions to make a difference in someone else’s life but you allow yourself to say, “one of these days I need to…” and then get busy and forget about it.
I know of an older, childless couple who regularly volunteers to entertain more than a dozen young children while their single moms enjoy bible study together. And there is the young man who mows and trims for his elderly neighbor at no charge. I’m sure you know of other examples of people going out of their way to serve others.
It may take a little effort to search out these opportunities to serve, but then again, maybe you could just ask God. I’m sure He has some great ideas!
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. – Hebrews 13:16 (ESV)