Today’s devotional: none of your business?

Are you ever tempted, when you read about a crisis in a faraway place or an injustice committed against somebody you don’t know, to say “Well, it’s none of my business”? Today’s devotional from Our Daily Bread calls to mind not only the ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination, but the disaster unfolding in Haiti. If we are followers of Christ, then all of these truly are “our business”:

Making another’s concerns our own is what Leviticus 19:18 calls us to do: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus quotes this verse and interprets it as not placing any limitations on loving those around us (Matt. 22:39; Luke 10:25-37). Our neighbor doesn’t just mean someone close by; it’s anyone who has a need. We are to care for others as we care for ourselves.

To love our neighbor means to make the persecution, suffering, and injustice of our fellow human beings our own. It is the business of all who follow Christ.

Read the full devotional at Our Daily Bread.

In today’s world, the number of injustices and needs that demand addressing far exceed the ability of any individual Christian to deal with. But these things nevertheless are our business. Sometimes that might mean helping out in a direct, physical way… and sometimes, it means simply praying and yearning for the justice that will arrive with the Kingdom of God.

4 Responses to “Today’s devotional: none of your business?”

  • Jessica says:

    I whole heartedly agree with this. Yet, I am also finding myself worn out, there is so much need.

  • marcus says:

    Although there are alot of people in need we can pray and pray and pray. God will answer our prayers but until then we can do small things like if you see someone on the street give them clothing and food if it is cold n hot. You can still give money with the great intentions that people will spend it justly….it is all whats in your heart when you do things. Not just saying it. Its the meaning that is where god wants us to look until we can be embraced in his arms once again

  • It is our business when see others in need or hurting. But we cannot meet all the needs we learn of. So what can we do? We can choose the ones we can, meet these and pray for God to send other workers to meet the needs we can’t. Sometimes it may be just supporting thse trying to meet those needs we know of.

    • Myriam says:

      This is why prayer is so important we pray for the needs of this world genereally and specifically! This is how we take the burdens of this world on our shoulders. This is how we please God. I find my yearning for God increasing that He might be glorified in all that I do.