As Christians we can learn a thing or two from First Responders. First Responders are always on the alert for where and when they will be needed. They understand that accidents and emergencies happen every day and can happen anytime, and they are conscious that their help or expertise will be required. Whether it’s a police officer, firefighter, EMT personnel or other type of First Responder, they are ready and available to jump in. First Responders don’t cross their hands and do nothing, or rubberneck and just drive by, they act!
In this hurting world it is important as Christians that we see ourselves as First Responders to those around us. We are not to be the ‘just viewing’, ‘rubbernecking’, ‘passing by’, ‘doing nothing’ crowd. We need to be ready to help in our own little (or big) way, in our own little (or big) corner where God has placed us.
You might be the only voice of love and hope a lonely colleague might get to hear at your workplace, or you might be the person needed to lift up that member ready to give up on their faith.
You might be the one that blesses that stranger you meet at the gas station with a well needed miracle of a full tank of Gas. It might even be helping the same person over and over and over again.
So whether it is through praying, giving, listening or encouraging. Whichever way you find you can show love, hope, grace and kindness, and help this hurting world, be on the alert, be on the lookout, and be ready and available like the First Responder that you are!
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. (Mathew 25:35-36)
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4 )
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.(Hebrews 13:2)
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)