Freedom. It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not. When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything. Over the next 20 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.
Here is day thirteen with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free to help others.
Free To Help Others
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs.”
Deuteronomy 15:7-8 (NIV)
How does it feel to receive unexpected help? Do you ever think you deserve help at times when you receive none? Do you ever receive help when you think you don’t deserve it? How likely are you to help others? What factors determine if you help? Do you ever want to help a person in need, but don’t? Why? How does your sense of being helped influence your willingness to help others? How does God helping you in your time of need free you to help others in their need?
There is rarely a day goes by but what we don’t encounter someone who could use our help. Our reaction is typically based on a lot of variables, but at some point we have to actually decide whether we will help or not. It is through gazing intently into God’s Word that we find the freedom to help others. When we trust God for wisdom, and trust Him for the results, we are free to help according to His will. As you pray, ask God to help you grasp just how much you rely on His help each day. Pray that you would know the freedom that comes in helping others as you look to God to learn what that help should look like.