Read : Luke 6 : 6 – 11 (Click here to read the passage)
The above given passage was my reading today. In this passage Jesus asks a question in verse 9. “…I ask you, is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?” This was the question that Jesus asked.
This made me think, and I went into my past where there were instances when I would go on the way to church on wonderful Sunday mornings to worship the Lord and I would confront people who are in need or a group who is seeking for a helping hand. But instead of helping those in need I would religiously go to church to worship the Lord.
Recently an incident happened to me when a small boy (I think a beggar) came to me when I was just about to enter church premises. He came and asked me for some money, exactly that I had with me to put into the offering. Actually, I did not have anything else but that amount in my hand. I did not give that boy the money because as I said that was the only amount in my hand to put in the offering. I religiously offered that money that Sunday in the offering but I was not at peace. This act of mine haunted me for several days.
Although I forgot about it after several days, I was reminded of that incident when I read the above given passage today. The question that Jesus asked opened my eyes.
How often we do this as believers? How many times this has happened to us, when we are on the way to church or a prayer meeting or even while involving in ministry, we see people in need and we simply ignore them thinking that we are going for a much greater purpose that is to worship the Lord or doing His work. Just pause and think, will your worship or work please the Lord in such an instance. Wouldn’t we be better off helping the person in need and then going for the service or prayer meeting? Which one would please the Lord?
This is the question that I want to leave with you to think. When you confront such a situation, always ask yourselves the question that Jesus Himself asked “is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?”
Remember one thing, the Lord has not called us to be religious but rather he has called us to be compassionate, sharing what we have and through all these portray His love to this world where true love and humanity are dying each day.
Proverbs 19 : 17 says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and will be repaid in full“
May these words inspire you. God bless and have a nice day.