Be Concerned About
The Needs Of Others
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things
(1 Corinthians 13:11).
Often times, we find Christians who think like children; thinking and caring only about themselves. Spiritual maturity means you don’t just think about your own affairs but are interested in the wellbeing of others too. It means you look away from yourself, being concerned about helping others.
I always remember a dear brother, many years ago who was brought in for one of our meetings. He was so sick and dying, barely able to sit up straight and hold his broken body together. And then they brought in another sick person into the meeting, and just by the aisle in front of him they tried to find a seat for this other deathly sick person. Then he said, “When I saw that other sick fellow they brought in, I forgot about myself, and found myself praying for him.”
Remember, he was so sick; they actually brought him from the hospital. The doctors couldn’t help him and now he saw someone else suffering so badly, and he forgot about himself and started praying for that one to be healed. During the meeting, the gentleman that he was praying for got healed after I ministered to him. Then he also got healed, and when he came up the platform to testify he told us how he was moved to pray for that other fellow in spite of his own condition. The remarkable part was that he got healed as he prayed for the other fellow.
God will always make happen for you what you make happen for others. So it’s time you stopped thinking only about your own affairs. Stop worrying over your own job, your children, your money, your life, etc.
Think about other people! There are some who are suffering much more than yourself; so look beyond yourself and be genuinely concerned about helping others. Intercede for others, that their needs may be met. Emulate the Apostle Paul, who prayed to God, not for his own needs, but for the needs of others: “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
I pray for those around me today, who may be too weak, or in pain, or even ignorant as to how to pray for themselves concerning that predicament they may be in right now; may your Spirit overwhelm them in their situation, granting them the miracle that they desire,
in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 John 3:17-18