God's Call to
God made us, and he made us for a purpose. â€œFor we are Godâ
€™s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to doâ€� (Ephesians 2:10).
Service isnâ€™t merely a civic or social obligation. Itâ€™s a moral
necessity. â€œCommand them to do good, to be rich in good
deeds, and to be generous and willing to shareâ€� (1 Timothy 6:
16). We serve in response to all that God has done for us. â
€œFreely you have received, freely giveâ€� (Matthew 10:8).
During all the talk about health care, Iâ€™ve been impressed with
just how selfish we are. How often have I heard the words, â€œI
have a really good health care plan; I donâ€™t want anything to
change.â€� Or â€œI never realized how bad things were until I
lost my insurance or I got sick or my child got sick or my husband
had a stroke.â€� Or â€œI donâ€™t care what they do, as long as
they donâ€™t touch my social security.â€�
But what about all those people who donâ€™t have health care, or
who will be dropped as soon as they get a serious injury or illness,
or who have a preexisting condition? What about other people?
God put us together in society to care about each other. â€œServe
one another in loveâ€� (Galatians 5:13). â€œEach of you should
look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of
othersâ€� (Philippians 2:4).
God put us in a democracy where we can vote for what we think is
best. But since when does "best" mean only what works for us?
Letâ€™s use the power that is ours in a free democracy to vote for
policies that are good for everyone, not just us and ours.
â€œWhat good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but
has no deeds? Can such faith save him?â€� (James 2:14). â€œIf
anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need [of
health care, for instance] but has no pity on him, how can the love
of God be in him?â€� (I John 3:17).
As we pray for Godâ€™s kingdom to come and for him to reign in
our hearts here on earth as he does in heaven, we are asking that he
lead us to look out for each other. Thatâ€™s his will. â
€œTherefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially to those who belong to the family of believersâ€�
(Galatians 6:10). â€œAnd do not forget to do good and to share
with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleasedâ€� (Hebrews
Jesus taught it. â€œLet your light shine before men,â€� he said, â
€œthat they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in
heavenâ€� (Matthew 5:16).
The church was set up to encourage it. â€œIt was he who gave
some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists,
and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare Godâ€™s people
for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built upâ
€� (Ephesians 4:11-12).
And each of us as individuals should promote it. â€œLet us
consider how we may spur one another toward love and good
â€œReligion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is
this: to look after orphans and widows [the weakest in society] in
their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world
[selfishness or greed]â€� (James 1:27)
We'll be richly rewarded for it. â€œGod will give to each person
according to what he has done. To those who by persistence in
doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal
lifeâ€� (Romans 2:6-7).