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How Can I Help?

Posted: Monday, April 2

 Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30
Luke 9:51-10:12
Psalm 74:1-23
Proverbs 12:11

Verse of the day:

 “If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner.” (Deuteronomy 22:1 NLT)


When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) God places a great importance on how we treat the people around us. He wants us to treat them with the same importance that we would put on ourselves.

 

This is a theme that we see all throughout the Bible. That is what is being emphasized in this verse in Deuteronomy. This verse goes far beyond just animals that get loose.  God is saying if you see someone has a need take care of it. Isn’t that what we would want done for us?

 

We can rationalize not helping. We are too busy. We are with our family. We are on our way somewhere. We don’t have the resources. But what would you want done for you if you had a need? How important would it be to you to have someone assist you in a time of need? If you see a need, don’t just pass by. Even if you can’t take care of the need all the way it goes a long way in showing the person that they value to you and to God that you tried. If you struggle to see the needs around you ask God to open your eyes and to help you to have the wisdom to see how you can help!