Ephesians 4:2 – Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love
If there is a feeling I love, then it is the feeling of empathy. I despise seeing people in pain or in a frustrating situation. Growing closer to God, I started understanding that empathy is a gift from God. But how could I use it for the glory of the Lord? Doing good works was the first thought that came to my mind after that thought. We are His workmanship. God has created us for good works. By doing good to those who are in need, God shall be glorified.
On one cold winter evening, I was walking down the street when I saw a woman sitting at the front of a McDonalds restaurant. I felt for her. She seemed to be cold. I wondered why couldn’t everybody afford a daily meal. I wished, I could change the woman’s situation. But since I couldn’t, I continued walking. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I could change the situation of the woman, even though it was just for one day. I went into McDonalds and bought a cheese burger. I came out and I handed it to the woman. I was shocked when the woman didn’t say thank you, but instead requested a drink too. Was my good work taken for granted?
Fulfilling Your Calling By Doing Good In Difficult Situations
Often, people will take our good works for granted. Some people will misuse your goodness. Some people will let you down when you ask them for help. Many would think, you were naïve or immature. However, in all of these situations God has still called us to do good works.
On this earth, we are going to face trials and tribulations that try to distract us from our calling. Just like the example of the woman at McDonalds, I started asking myself if I should still do good to those that don’t really have good thoughts towards me or appreciate the good works. In all of this, our works and gifts are not to please, but to serve this world. This is how our Heavenly Father will be glorified.
Whenever you experience your gift being taken for granted, continue to use it to glorify God. He has created us to become humble, gentle and patient – even to those who don’t appreciate it. Only then, can he be exalted.