I’ve shared this in the past, but again, I love reading The Message translation of the Bible for my quiet time with God. It has a sort of sass to it that I like. Is that wrong for me to admit? Well, I’ll admit it anyway. I love the “realness” that comes off this translation of God’s Holy Word. Like the passage, for instance:
Remind the people to [be]…always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be bighearted and courteous. It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this. Titus 3:1-7 MSG
Where else can you hear the term “dupes of sin?” Come on, that alone is worth the read!
We are presented with countless chances each day to help one another in the faith, aren’t we? Endless opportunities to show love and loyalty…and we get to choose whether we’ll respond in words or deed–hopefully, both!
One is moving and asks for a helping hand.
Another is sick and in need of assistance to feed a growing brood of kids.
Yet another wants to build a new habit that will produce increased spiritual awareness. They are looking for a study buddy to go through the Scriptures with them, and help them better understand the story God shares with humanity in the Bible.
In all these ways and countless others, we are encouraged by the Spirit to build a substantial and sustaining community with one another until Jesus returns.
Building community means everything to Jesus!
As God points out those Saints and sinners in need of help in your circle of influence today, would you consider what you could do to make their lives easier?
Many hands make light work, and hands that are motivated by God’s Spirit cause blessings to flow. Today, let’s pray, considering what we can do to make another’s day easier.
Together we get better, and better, and better at meeting the call to minister through service.
Hallelujah, Praise God—May His house be a busy one, as we are about His work!
When have you needed help and found believers willing? Who do you know that could use a helping hand today?