Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Yahushua, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes! ~ 1 Peter 4:7-12, The Message
Here is a theme that resounds in Scripture: Share with others what God gives to you, for His glory. It is a sparkling ingredient of love, and our passage says “love each other as if your life depended on it.” This passage speaks to daily life, not merely church life. It speaks of personal giving, not just giving to the corporate Christian cause. God always gets down into our personal lives—or should I say that He desires to?
Interestingly, the four specific things Peter mentions are food, bed, words, and help. They are not the only four things you can give, but Peter had these four in mind when writing this under the inspiration of Holy Spirit. Has God given you food? Then share it with those who need it. Has He given you a place to sleep? Be willing to provide somehow a bed for the homeless. Has God given you words of life? Then share them with those who need them. Has God given you help? Then give help to those who need it.
There are two ways we can be aware of the need: circumstantially or purposely. Can God trust us enough to send our way (seemingly haphazardly) someone who is hungry for food, homeless in need of a bed, desperate for words of life, or needy for help? Do we ever personally and purposely seek those who are hungry for food, homeless in need of a bed, desperate for words of life, or needy for help?
This will benefit our service: “Stay wide-awake in prayer.”
Be a blessing to someone today – Prov 11:25 (SHARE THIS POST)