There is so much trouble, misery, and suffering in this world today! So many are hurting emotionally and physically. Many are sin sick, lost, and in bondage to various addictions and strongholds. Moral degradation, abasement, and depravity abound! Wrong is being called right, and right is being called wrong. The love of many has waxed cold. We don’t love our neighbors as we love ourselves, as it is written in the Scriptures! Homelessness, hunger, and wantonness are prevalent! So many are broken, and in despair! What is the body of Christ doing about all the ills of this world, and the moral decline? The body of Christ, the saints of the Most High God who have been born again of the water and of the spirit, are Christ’s representatives on the earth! We who are being led by the Spirit of the Living God, yes, we are His “ecclesia”, the called out ones, or “those who belong to the Lord”, have been commissioned to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to share the Good News with those who are lost, hurting, and without hope in this world! The body of Christ holds the key to setting the captive souls free. We know the Savior, the Great Physician, Jesus Christ! We know that Jesus is the answer for the world today, and above Him there is no other, because Jesus is the only way!
In some instances, before we are able to minister to the spiritual needs of a man, emotional and physical issues must be addressed. We will encounter individuals who are broken in spirit, hungry, and in need of clothing or shelter, etc. These are opportunities for the world to see our faith in action. We must seize every opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who are downtrodden and unsaved. It is not the will of God that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Are we going to pick and choose who we will minister to, because of the way an individual looks or doesn’t look? James 2:14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (ESV) The parable of the good Samaritan comes to mind here. Jesus spoke of a man on a journey who fell among thieves, was stripped of his raiment, wounded, and was left half dead. He spoke of a priest and a Levite, who upon seeing this man, looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan came where the man was, and had compassion on him. He bound up his wounds, set him up on his own beast, and took him to an inn, where he cared for him. We are to be merciful and show compassion unto those who are in need! Have we seized every opportunity to minister to our neighbors’ needs, which would provide an opportunity to witness to hurting souls? Are we letting our lights so shine, that men might see our good works and glorify the Father which is in heaven? How are you using your gifts, your talents, and your substance to glorify God in the Earth? Matthew 9:37-38 says, “Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send forth laborers into His harvest. “Seize the moment.” May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!