Are you available? If you stop and think about it, you are available in certain ways despite how busy you might be. Right now, you are available to read this blog post. Most likely sometime today you will be asked by your spouse or child or parent to do something and you will be available to help them.
Time is a gift from God, and being available to help others is a gift from God that comes in the form of choosing to use your time in a certain way. The Lord instructs us: “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, ESV).
In the midst of this COVD-19 lockdown you may be wondering, “How in the world do I have time to help someone in the church? How do I even talk to an unsaved neighbor or family member about hope in Christ?” If you are nervous or have trouble answering these questions, I encourage you with this: start small. Start by being available. Be available for the neighbor who is suddenly homeschooling all her children for the first time by offering to help tutor online or to prepare dinner that you could bring over. Be available to talk on the phone with the unsaved family member who is digesting cable news day and night desperately looking for hope but is instead meeting his pillow at the end of the day with nothing but anxiety. And be available to pray. Write the name of a friend, a family member, and a neighbor for each day of the week and pray through that list during the week. It’s simple. It’s humbling. And it’s what we as the body of Christ are called to do.
“Let us do good to everyone.”