1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
I am reminded of a situation where I was trusting the Lord and walking by faith for all my needs. A friend told me that I was their project. I told them that my source was only God. Granted the Lord may use you at times to minister to my need, but my source alone is Jesus.
We will be moved with compassion with people in need during our walk with the Lord. One thing that I believe we must always remember is that God cares for them more than we ever could. God has a plan for them in their walk and journey to find him. God is not calling us to take on “projects”; he is calling us to just be obedient to him. We may say that they need help and helping looks right, but is God telling you to help them? There is a fine line here, as we are told that if we see our brother naked, we should give him our coat. It is a good thing to want to help others, but the only way our motives can be pure, is if led by the Holy Spirit. We can get so caught up in doing a good thing, that we actually miss a God thing. You may think that if it is a good thing that is always a God thing. That is not true.
As we will look on our own journeys, had people helped us at times, we would not have learned some lessons that the Lord wanted to teach us. We may not have seen a miracle that God did had someone else been playing God over us.
I believe that we must always remember that God loves and knows peoples need. We are to always be willing to give and act, as the Holy Spirit would lead. Since the message of the Word is dying to self, then we must allow Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit to guide all we do. Even though we want to help, it can still be a fleshly self-driven motive. Our motives must always be to do the will of God, not our will, even though seems so good.
The word “care “ in the Greek comes through the idea of distraction. Many things look right and are commendable, but yet they actually distract us from what God would have to do. When we of self take on projects, they will bare some fruit, but will they have the fruit that God desires? The Lord told me years ago, “It is quality, not quantity”. Quality only comes as we do things Gods way and are led by him. Jesus said that he did what he saw his Father do. He didn’t come to do his own will. I am sure Jesus saw many opportunities to do things, but yet he did not do his own will. He waited for God to show him what He wanted to do.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I think that maybe if we as a church would start doing God things instead of good things, we would see much more fruit. It is time that we all learned that it is not about our will and us, but only about Him and His will.