Reach Out and Help
From Colossians: A 28-Day Devotional
The church is effective when the body ministers to the body.
In Galatians 6:2, Paul tells us to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” How do we accomplish this? One of the simplest ways is to remain involved in one another’s lives – particularly in times of difficulty. At one of the most difficult moments of His life, Jesus took his disciples with Him into the Garden of Gethsemane and asked them to simply “watch and pray.” If the Son of God needed the support of others, how much more must we? We ought to take Jesus’s example as permission to reach out and ask for help. Moreover, as the church, we ought to proactively reach out to those God has placed in our lives by offering our support. Colossians calls for us to be "knit together in love" (Colossians 2:2). Whether it’s a phone call, a note or an invitation to coffee, a simple expression of care and concern can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life.
Individuals make up the church and they matter. Caring for them matters. Letting them know they are loved matters. Every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story matters to God.
- What is one practical way I can show the love of Christ to others?
- Who can I reach out to today?