#2177 – Can I Help?

Good morning people who ask the right questions

Nehemiah 3:8 (NIV) Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.

Now I am no rocket scientist, but even I know that you want tradesmen, not perfume-makers repairing walls. Yet this is what we see happening here. Maybe there is something God wants to say to us.

Sometimes we focus too much on just doing the things that we are gifted to do and that are within our comfort zone. Sure we are to use our gifts and play to our strengths, but there is a principle here.

When there is a common God-given vision, everyone needs to be involved.

Sometimes we ask the wrong questions when we consider our involvement in what God is doing and what is important to Him. Here’s our normal default question:

“What am I gifted to do?”

Perhaps this is a question God would like you to ask today:

“What can I do to help?”  

I am not a manual labour type of man – that’s my brother. I know my gifts and they are predominantly ministry related. But recently when a friend of mine who has gone through a difficult time said she was shifting house and I knew she didn’t have much help, I offered to take the day off work and help her move. Was this important to God? Yes – the Bible tells us to do good whenever we can. Was this my gifting? No. Could I do it? Yes.

“So, what can you do today to help someone else?” 

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