Hide or Seek?

Posted: March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized

Deuteronomy 22:1 says, “Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.”  Why is is that we don’t see God doing more through our lives? Is it because we are hiding when we should be seeking? Too often we hide our eyes, ears, and even ourselves from God-given opportunities to minister and be a blessing to those around us. Sadly, I admit that there have been times when I have purposely avoided individuals because I felt like they would be wasting my time. As a Christian, my time is not my own. It belongs to God and He puts divine appointments in my path each day. It is my responsibility to stop and listen. Love is spelled t-i-m-e. When you give someone your time you give them one of the most precious things you have. I am all for having a “to do” list and organizing your day, but it is a shame when we ignore those in need just because they are not on the list or  in our daily schedule. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost. To be like Christ is to seek the welfare of others. The context of the passage in Deuteronomy speaks of helping a brother find a lost ox or a lost sheep. Too be honest, that does not sound like much fun. It sounds tiring and even boring. But what we must remember is that to the owner of those animals they are very important.  True compassion is allowing the problems of others to become personal to you. May I remind you that hiding is a childish action? Adolesants run and hide from people and circumstances that they don’t like. So let’s get over our selfishness and look for opportunities to aid and assist those around us. By the way, the first step to helping others is to stop hiding from them. A wise person once said, “A need seen is an assignment given.” What need does God want you to meet today?

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