Take Time for Others!
- Jeevan Babu Olesu
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
These days people are very busy. Everywhere we see people focused on their own business, and see that many are consumed by selfish ambitions. This means we are living in the last days. We are forgetting that we must focus on what the Bible says. How many of us spend time to care for our neighbors? Do we spend time thinking about how we can help others such as our neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers?
Do we act and reach out to help those around us? Recently, I spoke with one of my Facebook friends over the phone. We talked about ministries and I had noticed that many times he had liked my posts on Facebook. While we were talking, he often said he didn’t know about different aspects of the ministry. Then I began thinking and realized that many times we may read a post and simply like or comment on it , but it passes quickly from our thoughts as we begin to focus on other things. I could understand then that he likes the posts because he is my friend, but he didn’t fully read what I had posted about.
If we want to see our community changed, we need to spend time focusing on one another. When we really love someone, we desire to spend our time together with them. We cherish each moment and look forward to each time we can be together. This is what we need. Sometimes technology gives us a false sense of closeness. We think because we read a person’s posts or comments that we know about their lives. However, we need to be careful and make sure that we are truly investing in each other.
Yesterday morning when I woke up I spent time talking with God. Afterwards, I opened Facebook and felt like calling one of my Facebook friends whom I have never met personally. I didn’t know why, but I felt God leading me to call him. I prayed for him and sensed God telling me strongly to call him. I obeyed and called him through Facebook. He answered the call even though the time there was different. He was so happy to hear from me, and explained his story. Seven times he has decided to commit suicide, but God has saved him each time by sending people to him. He shared with me that he had decided again to die that night, but then he told me God used my call to save him. Hearing that he wanted to die, broke my heart, but I was so blessed that God had used me to change his mind. I encouraged him using the Bible that God loves him so much and God gives life. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This verse means that these type of ideas of ending someone’s life comes from Satan and sin. God wants abundant life for us, and wants us to choose life abundantly both here on earth and eternally. After that I prayed for him with a heavy burden and both of us were crying. I was so humbled when he told me that I am truly a man of God. I told him that we both are children of God and special to Him. So, my dear friends, please take time and invest in your relationships with others. Maybe this means calling someone you haven’t spoken with in a while. Maybe it means going to your neighbor’s house, speaking with them, and seeing if they need anything. Don’t worry about what they will think of you if you ask. I had never spoken to my Facebook friend on the phone before, but felt so blessed when I obeyed God’s voice. Listen carefully to what the Spirit of the Lord says to your heart. There is such joy and blessing in obeying Him, and He will also use you to bring joy and blessings to someone else. Be a channel of blessing to others today.