Thank you for talking to us the other night about the work that you do. It inspired me so much – I want to do something for Jesus and the poor… but I don’t know what that is. All i know is I can’t stop thinking about it. I am sitting here, waiting on God to show me what I should do…
I get a lot of folks telling me they are waiting on God to tell them what they should be doing.
The thing is, I am pretty sure God has already told us what to do. After all, Micah 6:8 tells us that we are to love justice, show mercy and walk humbly with God. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us that our very salvation is dependent upon how we respond to the poor and hungry. And in Matthew 22:36-40, Jesus says that the entirety of scripture is found in the commandment to love God and our neighbor. In 1st John 3, it says that we can’t love God if we don’t first love our neighbor. In fact, it says if we say we do, we are liars. God is clear – we are to love each other.
So what does that mean? Well, I am pretty sure it doesn’t mean you have to start a non-profit to feed the homeless, or to dig wells in Africa or to save orphans in South America. Not that there is anything wrong with any of that. Some of us are equipped with talent, time and relationships that make doing those things a natural expression of our faith. What is much more common, however, is that you have a full time job, a spouse, kids and extra activities on top of all that.
And you look at those of us who do full time service and feel like a slacker – like if you really believed this Jesus stuff, you would quit your job and feed the hungry or comfort the dying or… something. And the thought that you don’t know where to begin, or just the enormity of all of that scares the crap out of you, so here you are, sitting, waiting on God…
Just forget about all that for right now, ok? Instead, look around you. If you live inside a city, within 500 yards of where you sit is an elderly lady who has not heard from her children in years. There is a retired man who loves to read, but his eyesight is failing. There is a 8 year old who has no one to take him to the zoo. There is a single mom who can’t remember the last time she sat and read by herself in a coffee shop. Find one of those people. You won’t have to go very far.
Sit with that person. Listen to her stories, read to him, take her to the zoo. While you are with them, give up your time, your ego and your status. Do it for them and expect absolutely nothing in return. Suspend your judgment, resist the urge to fix them. Just show them incredible, sacrificial love.
In that moment, you are so much closer to the way of Jesus than you ever will be running a soup kitchen or raising money for orphans. See, it is not we who are waiting on God. It is God who is waiting on us.
If you can listen to people and love people, you will find a need they have which you can solve. This is the very thing that God is calling you to do. Then do that thing as if your soul, no, as if the very world depends upon your doing it. Because it does.