Focusing Outward

I have a tendency to focus inward or at least within my circle of family and friends. Sure, I pay attention to world news and local events. I pray for the troubles in the world and I believe prayer is a powerful tool. Period. But we shouldn’t end with prayer. Prayer should be the beginning, not the end of what we do. Yes, we should pray for the family who lost their home in a fire, but we can also raise money or donate items to help. We can pray for victims of sex trafficking but we can also raise awareness, do a fundraiser or volunteer within your community. We can pray about the migrant crisis situation but we can also raise awareness or donate our time or money to help. We can pray for the homeless but we can also volunteer at a homeless shelter or buy a homeless person a meal.

My point is that we are also called to action. Prayer should be our first response but not our only one. There are several examples in the Bible that call us to action and remind us that we should actively be serving.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:45

And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” – Mark 9:35

If everyone in the world who identifies as a Christian were to take action on any one cause, I firmly believe the world we’re living in would look much different. If we took action and used prayer as a first step instead of the only step, people would notice how different Christians are compared to the world. Can you imagine it? Can you see how the lights would shine throughout the world? It wouldn’t be perfect – it won’t be until Jesus comes again but oh it would be so much nicer. What if Christians reached out to our Muslim brothers and sisters and helped them instead of speaking out against taking in refugees for fear a terrorist would sneak in with them. What if we put down our cell phone for an afternoon and went and served someone in our community.

“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” – Isaiah 58:10

How do you serve in your community? What do you think the world would look like if every Christian were to serve? As always we love hearing from you ❤

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