A casual “good morning” to a stranger.
A favor granted for a friend in need.
A loving gesture for my wife that says, “I love you.”
All of these things and more bring me great joy when I’m able to lift the spirits of another, even if it’s only in some small way.
I’m not as good at it as I could be though. There are many days when I count up missed opportunities, moments when I noticed someone down, someone in need, but I failed to act because I was focused too much on my own momentary agenda. Sometimes I question or bemoan the state of society until I realize that I could be a small solution to that problem. Christians, people like me, fret over how we can affect the world for Christ and the truth is, the solution is right in front of us every single day. It’s not always a powerful sermon or an insightful commentary of God’s word that produces change in the world. It’s also the simple things, the little acts of kindness and consideration and love that show the world what Christ is all about.
In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus gets right to the point of this matter when he says that we should care for the simple needs of those around us if we are to call ourselves Christians. This is feeding someone when they are hungry. It’s visiting those who need encouragement. It’s actually noticing the other souls around us who we share this earth with and acknowledging them and treating them the way we would want to be treated. Jesus is even serious enough to say that our reward in heaven depends on our service to others. Refuse to love when there are obvious needs around you, and you are basically turning your back on God as well.
And in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, we see that we can do amazing acts of righteousness like having tremendous faith or powerful spiritual gifts, and if we don’t show love, we are nothing. All of our works are in vain if we fail to show love while doing them.
Do you want to change the world? Do you want to live your life with purpose, to have an impact on those around you so that they can’t help but question who God is because of your love? Well, it’s the simple things that change the world. The opportunity to be an inspiration may literally be waiting right around the corner. Take it and you’ll be changed as well.