Promptings to Love
I was studying the book of Hebrews, the faith chapter. I noticed something for the first time. Nearly every individual listed had one thing in common; they were prompted.
Prompt means to actuate, assist, inspire, motivate, to supply and to direct.
[Prompted, actuated] by faith Abel brought God a better and more acceptable sacrifice than Cain. Hebrews 11:4
[Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by coming events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. Hebrews 11:7
[Prompted] by faith Abraham dwelt as a temporary resident in a strange land. Hebrews 11:8
What would our days look like if we heeded the promptings of the Holy Spirit?
Even Jesus was prompted. John 5:19 says “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.
“Jesus had obvious long-term goals, but He practiced daily as a responder. He prayed and sought the Father’s will and allowed the needs of the people around Him to set His agenda. He saw people’s needs as opportunities to minister.” Robin Sampson
We tend to fill our schedules to the brim, to the point where there is no margin. If a ministry need comes up, we have no time or energy to meet that need.
Remember, busyness and the cares of this world are what steal the seed. Many of us have the seed of God’s Word in our heart to share with someone, but busyness is stealing that Word before it can ever be planted into that person’s heart.
Yes, everyone is hurting in some way, everyone has needs. It’s a temptation to be consumed with our own hurts and wounds. The Kingdom of God is the inside-out, flip-flop, upside-down Kingdom. We have to die to live, lose to win, and give to receive. The Healing of our own wounds comes when we give what little we have to comfort, carry, and share others burdens.
Day and night belong to God (Psalm 74:16). When you submit your ways to God, He promises to direct your paths. He will lead you.
I challenge you to be led by his promptings to love and minister healing to someone in your life today. Look to minister to those who are the least (in the worlds point of view). Serve those who have nothing to give you in return.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels and have not love…. It profits me nothing. Who will you show God’s love to today? The fields are white with Harvest. Ministry opportunities are endless.