If we become so busy we have no time for someone who is facing the biggest crisis of their life; we are guilty of spiritual apathy in the first degree. If we become so self absorbed that we are oblivious to the cries for help of those in need; we are guilty of spiritual neglect in the first degree. If we get so wrapped up in life that we do not care about those fighting to stay alive; we are guilty of spiritual arrogance in the first degree.
My heart breaks as I see the selfish, hard and cold way many of my spiritual brothers and sisters react to the needs of others. I see some who are so busy proving they are perfect that they have to time to actually help anyone. I see some whose lives revolve around themselves and the problems of others are unseen and uncared about. I see some who are so concerned about their image and appearance they pay no attention to those with nothing.
With every ounce of my being I loathe spiritual apathy, neglect and arrogance. From the depths of my soul, I cry out in agony as I see those who could make a huge difference in someone s life, turn away and offer nothing. Much of the Body of Christ truly is suffering from an ugly case of spiritual constipation. Due to selfishness, worldliness and laziness, the spiritual bowels are incapable of moving and manifesting compassion.
Even within our little family here at Christian Blog, there are some who are entering or are in the midst of the fiercest battle of their lives. Literally, their physical lives are on the line and their ability to live a normal life has been turned upside down or broken into a thousand pieces. Truly those whose hearts and bodies have been broken need all of the love and compassion we, as the Body of Christ, can give.
30 years ago the life I had built collapsed under the weight of wrong teaching, wrong application of the Word of God and wrong choices. As my building collapsed all but a few who had called me their friend vanished in the wind.
15 years ago as my life hung precariously between life and death, only the faithful prayers of my wife, mother and mother-in-law carried my through. Everyone else wanted nothing to do with a beaten and physically broken man.
5 years ago, after pouring tens of thousands of dollars and a year of my life into helping people recover from Hurricane Katrina, only one person and her group remained thankful for the help given to them and remained in contact with me.
I know what it means to get distracted, deceived and nearly destroyed. That is why my heart aches as I see others hurting. Brothers and sisters; please do allow your heart to become so hardened or distracted that you cannot see the hurt in others and how much they need you.
A word fitly spoken, a prayer fervently offered or an anonymous gift can, and many times does, allow the Lord to bring comfort, joy and encouragement to someone about to lose all hope. Please, never forget how important your words, prayers and actions are; for they are indeed, love in the first degree.
B2Y - I agree with your post 100%, but I'm not sure how to respond. Should we support each other in prayer? Absolutely. How far should we go beyond that? I think it depends on the relationship. I pray for all of us at CB frequently, but I know I can't keep up with all the needs on this site... not by a long-shot. We must make a collective effort. Now if one sees a need and ignores it intentionally... let the Spirit convict them and restore them to a place of grace. Many blessings to you, Vince
Vince brings up a good point. No, we cannot provide support to every single person all of the time. Sometimes though, we get so "overwhelmed" at the magnitude of needs that we end up doing absolutely nothing. Other times, we say, "Let me know if I can help in any way." and then we walk off feeling like we've done our duty. The problem is, often the person in crisis is so overwhelmed they don't know where to begin or are reluctant to "inconvenience" you. Rather than saying "Let me know if I can help.", we need to be saying, "What can I do to help you?" See the difference?
At the moment I am considering what would happen if we simply responded when the Holy Spirit prompted us to reach out. If we were all obedient to that, what a difference that would make. God is not asking us to help 10,000 people all at once. He is asking us to do it one person at a time and all too often, I suspect we fall short of that. We can't change the past but we can change the present and the future.
B2Y -I certainly see the truth in your words and totally agree with you. If we can do nothing else we can pray for those in need and offer them encouragement. Many times that is all the person in need is looking for. But to those that can help with finances or other material things and choose not to -well God will remember them.
Presently I have begun a journey I never thought I never would -none of use do -nor does anyone want to walk this path -but many do and I am no exception. But this I know already -God has sent a special few to encourage and uplift me -and I am so thankful for them.
I pray that I will not forget the needs of others as I walk this path of Cancer treatment.
I truly believe that if you have a need -meet the need of another. God will bless you for it.