People are lonely, empty, and guilty, but don’t know it. Satan keeps them blinded. What are we to do about it?
3 A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the LORD.
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
A few years ago, there was a popular band-bracelet that had WWJD on it, which stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” It was about trying to be Jesus to those around us. Not a bad slogan. The best way to figure out what He would do was to know how He responded in the Gospels. It took interpretation and application that, without the Holy Spirit’s leadership and sometimes intervention, could have gone south pretty quick.
The main component missing from that line of thinking was Jesus Himself. It always seemed to me that it should have been JWWYHMD, “Jesus, What Would You Have Me Do?” I know, it’s a little long and there’s no ring to it. I reckon that’s why it didn’t catch on. But, when dealing with people, we need the insight of the Holy Spirit because we simply don’t know what’s going on in their heads. Here are some things we can do to be ready when someone invites us to help:
- Be ready to listen. If we’re quiet long enough and ask enough questions, the person will usually give enough information for us to get a feel for the situation.
- Be ready to speak. What they want to hear and what they need to hear may be quite different. The Spirit will tell us what to say in the hour of our need (Mark 13:11), but He usually bases what He tells us on what we have read and studied in His Word and what He has already spoken to us in our times with Him.
- Be ready to give. People don’t so much need our money or material things as they do need our time. If they are hostile, they may take our stuff, or hurt us, or even kill us. Jesus is aware when we are in trouble–He’s right there with us. In fact, what they do to us, they are doing to Him (Matthew 25:40, 45 implied). He has promised that His Spirit will be with us forever (John 14:16), which means that He will walk the veil with us to Heaven’s shores!
Are we really ready to deal with people who are lonely, empty, and guilty? Only through the Spirit of Jesus! Even though we can get good general knowledge from the Scriptures, only the Spirit can lead us to say and give what they really need. Hey, sometimes, the answer is “No” to whatever they’re asking. It’s all up to Him.
Today, let’s avail ourselves to Him and seek to be ready to be Christ to those around us.
Abba, I ask that as I go to church today, You will equip me to meet peoples’ needs according to Your riches in glory. I am Your servant to do with as You please. I trust You to lead me in how to lead others to Your throne. Amen.