My seminary professor said life is more of an art than a science. That’s certainly true when it comes to discerning the best way to help people.
Jesus demonstrated His artistry with people. Sometimes He did more than asked. Other times He did nothing. For help in discovering your role, consider the following.
- Be sober (2 Timothy 4:5).
Concern and guilt can crowd out the Holy Spirit’s quiet leading. Helping others and showing God’s love in tangible ways brings us joy. Yet the best help originates in God. Jesus said He listened to and followed His Father. Many, including His disciples, pressured Jesus to travel quickly to His ill friend Lazarus. He resisted their pressure and responded to His Father’s direction. Because He did, they (and we) got to witness a greater miracle.
- Be a good steward (Luke 12:42-43).
Listen to God and learn about yourself. The wise invest their time, energy, abilities and resources well. Distributing our treasures wisely brings big rewards for everyone.