James 4:17, “To know to do good and not do it is sin.”
I don’t want to find myself in a place where I am out of touch with God and His working in my life. I don’t want to get to a place where the needs I have are the first thoughts I have each day. There are people all around in need of help… in need of God’s love and encouragement. I don’t want to be like the words in the song Beautiful Day by U2:
You’re out of luck and the reason that you had to care,
The traffic is stuck and you’re not moving anywhere
I don’t want a traffic jam in my life to be the thing that slows me down so that I can actually have the time to be available to help someone else in need. The best way to not get stuck in traffic is to choose a road less traveled. Sometimes it is necessary to step back away from the crowd and do something against the grain to be used by God.
Just like James says… to know to do something for good and not do it is an act of evil. To make a decision to not do the right thing is to communicate to God and tell Him, “No.”
The next time you have the opportunity to do something for someone else remember the words of Jesus, “If you’ve done it unto the least of these you have done it unto me.” Matthew 25:40.