Do What You Can

Often the problems we see in the world seem so enormous that we don’t think we can do anything to help. We let the size of a problem diminish what we can do by everyone simply doing what they can. It is through the accumulative effort of God’s children that mountains can be moved.

Don’t let the enormity of a problem stop you from doing what you can. “So let us not grow weary of doing what is good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest. Therefore, as the opportunity arises, let us do what is good to everyone, and especially to the family of those who are trustingly faithful” (Galatians 6:9-10 CJB).

Some people get stuck waiting for the big calling from God and don’t hear the little whispers He is giving them every day. They are waiting for the big mission and miss out on all He has for them to do each day. They don’t accomplish very much because they do not even do a little.

The lack of Kingdom work is not because Christians won’t do the big things, but they won’t do the small things. Jesus taught, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all” (Mark 9:35 NKJV).

I am always so blessed by the small acts of kindness I see people do. They may not be public figures who have a large following. They may not be doing anything that will be written down in history books. But they are making a difference in the lives of the people around them.

Your life is bigger than yourself because it touches everyone around you. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).

We don’t have to save the world but only make a small difference in the world for someone. We don’t have to get an applause on earth to be noticed in heaven. The things we do selflessly are the things the Lord wants us to do. If you want to please God, help others.

The highest seat is often furthest from the stage of being noticed. “Examine your motives to make sure you’re not showing off when you do your good deeds, only to be admired by others; otherwise, you will lose the reward of your heavenly Father” (Matthew 6:1 TPT).

All the scholarly analysis and arguments of doctrines fall flat compared to a single act of love. The simple truth in all the world is that the Word of God in totality simply says to love one another. True application of the Word can be found in no other way but to do what it says, love others.

The world measures success by all that we have or do. The Lord measures success by how we treat others. “For the commandments…are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Romans 13:9 NKJV).

How many opportunities to love others do we squander because we don’t see the need that is standing right before us? The great mission God has for us is in doing the smallest acts of kindness to those around us. Consider that every day gives you an opportunity to love someone, if only you would only look for it.

It is not enough that we learn about the love of God, but we must live it. “The message that you have heard from the beginning is to love each other.” (1 John 3:11 NOG).

You cannot go back in time and do what you should have done at the time. But you can start today by asking the Lord to show you someone that you can be loving towards today. Make it your pledge each day to show love to someone, and in doing so, the Word of God will come alive in you.

We don’t have to agree with each other to love each other. Jesus taught, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12 NKJV).

It doesn’t matter what talents you have, only that you do what you can to help another. It might be helping them in some practical way, or it may be taking the time to listen to them. Do you realize when you truly listen to someone, you are giving them something of great value?

The Christian faith is not complicated; people are. Just love others. “…If you love others, you have done all that the Law demands” (Romans 13:8 CEV).

You may not be physically able to do a lot, but you can still smile and give a word of encouragement. You may not have time to help someone for an entire day, but you most certainly can take some time and invest it in the kingdom. Resources abound when heaven is the source.

When you are tapping into the resources of heaven, there will be nothing on earth that can stop you. “My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2 NKJV).

You may not think yourself strong enough or wise enough to do many things. That is a blessing because it is those people God can use the most. He doesn’t need your abilities but only your willingness, and from there, He will do the work through you. Jesus can do more than you could ever dream of.

God’s purposes for you do not depend on your abilities. “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV).

Make it your practice each day to ask God to show you someone to love. If you want to be in His will, you must allow His will to be made evident to you. When we pray to do what pleases Him, then it pleases Him to show us what to do. Dare to live a life pleasing to the Father.

Blessings to you,

Paul Balius

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