Nancy’s eighth principle in “Hope for Uncertain Times: Surviving—And Thriving—In An Economic Crisis” is:
Reach out to others.
Be sensitive to those around you who may have even greater needs than your own, particularly those in the Body of Christ. Don’t just think about your own problems; put the needs of others ahead of your own. (Phil. 2:4)
Here’s how you can do that practically:
• Pray for others in need. (2 Thess. 1:11-12)
• Look for ways to encourage those who may be struggling. (1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 3:13)
• Share with one another—help meet material needs, as the Lord has blessed you. This is an opportunity for Christians to demonstrate the gospel and compassion of Christ, so the world will say, “See how they love each other!” (Deut. 15:7, 14; Prov. 21:13; James 2:15-17)
I want to share part of an email that we received at Revive Our Hearts recently. It is a beautiful picture of one woman and organization actively looking for ways to reach out to others:
"We are interested in obtaining the ‘Hope for Uncertain Times’ brochures for our clients. Daily, we encounter individuals, families, and business owners who are struggling with this economic crisis. We want to make a difference in their lives.
"There are just five employees and the owner in this accounting firm, and we are all committed and spirit-filled Christians. We know that we are working not just for the firm, but for God’s Kingdom."
What about you?
Who do you know who is struggling to make ends meet? How can you be an instrument of God’s grace to them?