Have you ever had a seemingly random comment speak into your life? I have. Sometimes these words of wisdom are God using people to help you.
It happened to me one Saturday evening at church. We didn’t expect many to show since a lot of folks finished a 5K earlier that day. In their place, we had a couple of new faces.
A husband and wife. She had come during Christmas and brought her husband with her. When it came time to come up to pray for healing, they went up.
My wife and I stayed seated. I wondered, should I go pray with them? There are a lot of people up there to get to them.
Our Deaf Church Pastor, P.G, was trying to get our interpreter friend to pray with them. He was praying for other people at the time.
He finished and kneeled down to my wife and I’s level. P.G. said we could go pray with them; it didn’t require him to do it. We were just as able.
God just answered my silent question through P.G. And because He knows I am dense sometimes, He reinforced it about an hour later in Soul Cafe, the class I attend.
We were looking at Romans 12: 6-13.
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.”
Pastor Randy was speaking and said this: Just because someone is speaking or teaching doesn’t mean other gifts are in neutral. They should work alongside because someone may need your particular gift and not the teaching. God brings people with gifts into rooms with people with needs.
I wrote this down on my paper and later in my journal. Lesson received. Lesson learned. Now to apply the experience.
“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them.”