This story is told by writer Bill Crowder:
“On the first night at Family camp, the camp director informed the families of the schedule for the week. When finished, he asked if anyone else had anything to say. A young girl stood up and made a passionate appeal for help. She shared about her little brother — a boy with special needs — and how he could be a challenge to care for. She talked about how tiring this was for her family, and she asked everyone there to help them keep an eye on him during the week. As the week went on, it was great to see people pitching in to help this family.”
Community, this is our call this morning: to show the world who we are and not just by our words. There is a joy that comes from having a relationship with Jesus Christ and knowing that heaven will be our eternal home and the fellowship of having Him in our lives.
“Bless be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of joy divine is like unto that above”… but this joy that we have is not just felt when we think about our relationship with Christ; it should express itself in how we show His love to others. Let me talk to us as individuals and then to us as the body of Christ, may I say that we are Christ’s heart here on earth, we are His hands, His feet, His eyes and His heart. If Christ is going to touch the world, He is going to have to do it through us; and may I also say that Christians are supposed to be givers.
I didn’t say receivers, but I said we are supposed to be givers, giving of ourselves and our resources to help somebody else. Helping others, reaching out to help others ought to be common and natural to the body of Christ, because we have the heart of God, and the witness this morning that I need is that God is the greatest giver there ever was. If you don’t believe me just take a look at the cross; “God gave His son” (John 3:16) and we as His children should imitate our Father.
His DNA is in us; we carry His name and we reveal His heart here on earth. Now when it comes to helping others, there is not a better feeling in the world than when we give of ourselves to be a blessing to somebody. When hearts and hands join together and put the love of Jesus in action toward somebody else it does something for us.
My personal greatest joy is when I sacrifice, go out of my way to be a blessing to somebody else — to see the joy on somebody’s face as a result of something that I did is something that money can’t buy. I want to say to our community that if you really want to be blessed and feel good on the inside, go out of your way to help and be a blessing to somebody else, give of yourself to make somebody else’s life a little bit better
It will do as much for you as it does for them; and I can’t figure out why we don’t do more of that, because this is our call here in the world. I often hear people talk about how God has really blessed them with an abundance, and that’s a good thing, but we must realize that if we have been blessed, then we were blessed to be a blessing.
We have been called to be God’s helping hand to others, to give of ourselves and our resources to help somebody else. I clearly understand now why Jesus said “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive” (Acts 20:35). This is the joy of helping others.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church. Reach him at [email protected]