We Are No Longer Alone: Look By Your Side For Who Needs Your Help

There are many who are enkindled with dreamy devotion, and when they hear of the poverty of Christ, they are almost angry with the citizens of Bethlehem. They denounce their blindness and ingratitude, and think, if they had been there, they would have shown the Lord and his mother a more kindly service and would not have permitted them to be treated so miserably.

But they do not look by their side to see how many of their fellow humans need their help, and which they ignore in their misery. Where is there upon earth that has no poor, miserable, sick, erring ones around him? Why does he not exercise his love to those? Why does he not do to them as Christ has done to him?

~Martin Luther from Watch for the Light

The Christmas spirit does not shine out in the Christian snob. For the Christmas spirit is the spirit of those who, like their Master, live their whole lives on the principle of making themselves poor—spending and being spent—to enrich their fellow humans, giving time, trouble, care and concern, to do good to others—and not just their own friends—in whatever way there seems need.

~J.I. Packer from Knowing God

No one wants to admit being in need of help so the helpless tend to remain invisible. We are called to seek out the hungry, the thirsty, the ill, and the homeless as they tend to stay well-hidden unless we look specifically for them.

When fed, hydrated, healthy, clothed and safe in our homes, we cannot be considered “poor” in the conventional sense. Yet if we don’t reach out to those more desperate around us, we are ultimately bereft and spiritually impoverished.

God arrived on earth in poverty, homeless, and certainly under threat of murder by simply being born. If He arrived in such circumstances today, who among us would reach out to Him and His parents out of respect for their humanity, not just for His divinity?

God wants us to notice the desperation around us. God wants us to give ourselves away. God wants us to give up our impoverished spirit to open the way to His everlasting abundance.

One thought on “We Are No Longer Alone: Look By Your Side For Who Needs Your Help

  1. Yes! Yes!
    Put very simply, unequivocal. No hyperbole here.
    That is OUR task! Our challenge! TODAY! And as long as we live. This charge, this call to action, emanates from the Word of God through the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The basic task has not changed. Prophets, martyrs, Evangelists have been murdered, ridiculed for witnessing to the Word. Mystics have tried, through manifestation of the Holy Spirit, to witness through their writings of the experience of the love and compassion of God. Jesus told His followers that ‘if you have seen me, you have seen my Father.’

    Faithful followers of God’s precepts through Jesus’ mission to us will never find it ‘easy.’ He certainly did not. The gruesome manner in which He voluntarily surrendered His life attests to that. One of the constant struggles we encounter in trying to follow His Word is addiction to the love of the WORLD with is constant search for materialism, immoral leadership powers (greed, selfishness) as well as overemphasis of personal pleasures through ALL of our senses. Relying on these
    two examples clouds our sight, dulls our compassion. We turn off the indwelling Holy Spirit’s wisdom and warnings and turn instead to satanic lures.
    We then have turned off (unplugged) the voice of the Spirit (guidepost) and are now free to ignore or deny the plight of what over half of our co-inhabited world humanity is suffering. We do not want to hear or read the Word of God, nor listen to the voice of the Spirit of our Loving God.

    WE ARE NOT ONLY BLIND AND DEAF….WE ARE SPIRITUALLY NAKED, VULNERABLE, INEFFECTIVE1

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