Daily Devotional – Wednesday, August 18, 2021
"Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” (Galatians 6:1-3)
We all have struggles. We all make wrong choices. We all need help. So why do we resist helping another when we see a need? Paul tells us that, if the reason we hesitate to provide needed support to another, and especially to another believer, is because we view them or the situation as beneath us, we are in serious need of a reality check! “You are not that important!” We have absolutely no excuse for disobeying the ‘law of Christ.’ We are to love God and love others…period.
Many of us are quick to deny that we possess any sort of ‘superiority complex,’ but a quick review of our attitudes toward others may prove that we are not innocents in this matter. There are times that we lack the resources needed to fix a problem, but how often are decisions made based on the excuse, “I don’t have time…for them,” “any help I give will just be wasted on them,” or, when we’re truly honest, “I just can’t be bothered to get involved. Someone else will.” Shame on us…
If the Lord of the Universe wasn’t too good, or too busy, or too concerned that His help would be lost on some of those He wanted to help, how can we be? If we are serious about being followers of Jesus, we will recognize that we have an incredible obligation. Ours is not simply to enjoy the ‘perks’ of being in God’s family, we must have the same attitude as Jesus—that of a humble servant. Let’s obey the ‘law of Christ’ by loving all others equally, just as we are loved by God, without favouritism.
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!