Overflowing Selfless Love
Deuteronomy 22:1-2 "If you see your fellow Israelite's ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. If they do not live near you or if you do not know who owns it, take it home with you and keep it until they come looking for it. Then give it back."
When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone? Sure, you may feel like you're already overloaded with your own needs and problems. And who really has the time? I mean, everybody's got something they're dealing with. I'll look after me, and you can look after you, right?
But that's not what God calls us to do. He desires for his people to actively take notice of others' burdens and willingly lend a helping hand – even at extra effort or expense to themselves. We are to extend Christ's overflowing and sacrificial love to others without hesitation.
That can sound like a pretty tall order. But, thank God! We aren't meant to do this on our own. Here's the good news: you don't have to struggle and try out of your own effort to be selfless. Start by remembering how deeply loved you are, then extend that same love to others!
Watch for an opportunity today to go out of your way to extend God’s love to someone – through a simple act of kindness, an encouraging word, a generous gift. And if you aren’t already serving in your local church, you can extend Christ’s love in a practical way by joining a serving team.
Lord, I don’t want to take your love for granted. Make me a conduit for your love and mercy. Be the selfless one working in and through me. Amen.