Seven Steps to Helping Others
that Jesus Taught
Jesus always stopped what He was doing to help
those in need. He was constantly thronged by people,
but He always found time to stop what He was doing at
the moment. This is hard for us to do because we are
so busy, but it is a lesson we must learn if we are really
going to show people we care about them.
Jesus always acknowledged the person he was
helping. He cared enough to do this. This is a type of
how God cares about each of our needs no matter how
small when we pray to Him. We must learn to
acknowledge others who are hurting and in need of our
help so we may be a good example as ambassadors
of God's love.
Listen to the person who needs help. You won't get very
far if you have preconceived ideas about what they
need without listening. You will miss the mark of what
they really need unless you care enough to listen. This
was one of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a
hospital chaplain---to listen and care and love that
person I am talking to. I am still learning it.
Look for needs, voiced and unvoiced. The need the
person is bringing to your attention may not be the
need that really is driving them. We must care enough
to look beyond the obvious as Jesus did in His
ministry. Sometimes the person He was helping
needed more faith beyond what they already had, but
He loved them enough to help them with all of their
needs, not just the most apparent ones.
Care enough, love that person enough to do something
about the need presented. Even if you can't do anything
personally, you can help them toward a solution. God
does not expect us to meet every need in the world, but
He expects us to help those He sends our way.
In Luke 8:41-56 Jesus was on the way to help Jairus'
need of healing for His daughter. But He encountered
another need along the way and helped both the
woman and Jairus toward greater faith as a result. The
point is that distractions are not always to be
considered bad. They seem like a nuisance
sometimes but it could be that God has a reason for
that distraction to happen. We must be close to Him so
we can see His hand in these types of situations.
Give God the glory for what you do. In John 7:14-18
Jesus admonishes us to do just that. There are other
passages of Scripture that teach this also. If you notice
the ministry of Jesus, He always gave His Father the
glory for what He did. We must learn from this so we
can be good examples of Christ's love.
Further study: Matt. 10:8: Mark 9:23: Mark 16:17-18.
These are a challenge for us to use the tools God
has given us so we may be instruments of love and
caring in His hands. Now let's get going and look for
needs as we go about our daily lives to show the
Love God has for others. God loves you, but pass it
Editor -- "And now I give you a new
commandment: love one another. As I have loved you,
so you must love one another." (John_13:34_GNB)
[ by Dan Langerock -- from 'Themestream' -- Ed:anon. ]
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