If you study the life of Jesus, you will notice that He gave up a lot of what could have been ‘popularity‘ for the sake of the poor, the enslaved and the sick. One of the primary reasons that Jesus was so disliked by the Jewish leaders of that day was that He didn’t give them a lot of attention. Instead, He was always focused on the needs of the people around Him.
This is a great example for how we should live our lives. Like Jesus, our focus should also be on the needs of those around us, not on gaining popularity with people on similar levels to us. We need to stop focusing on what is going to make us seem more popular or more recognized and follow the example of helping the less fortunate that Jesus set.
Whether we are blessed with good health, a solid financial situation, or just a free man or woman, we all need to start thinking about ways to help those who are less fortunate in these areas. As we decided to go help an serve these people, let what we do come out of the overflow of our love for what Jesus did for us all on the cross, never focused on what is in it for us. – All of us were slaves and in bondage, but Jesus decided that dying for each of us was worth more than living a life of popularity.
In my life, helping others that cannot help me has encouraged me remain humble and to fall more in love with God. Each time I help someone out of the kindness of my heart, I am reminded to continue each day to become more and more like Jesus. Someone once told me, “Those of us that live in freedom and abundance are responsible for those who don’t.” I couldn’t agree with this more. As a follower of Christ, I seek to humbly follow the examples that He set! I encourage you to do the same in your areas of influence.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’