What is happening to this world? We see how more and more people are desperately crying out for help. People are lacking the necessary resources to live and survive in life.
With the rise of natural disasters, comes also the need of shelter, food, and money. From famines to plagues, diseases to viruses, shortages to cutbacks, people are slowly losing everything they worked long and hard to gain and possess.
As Christians we have to ask ourselves, how can we help? How can we be a blessing for other people and so share the love of God to this fallen and hopeless world.
There is a variety of ways we can make a difference today’s society and in people’s lives. Here are some suggestions: spend quality time with others, share goods and possessions, pray and minister, donate unused stuff, give money to charities, volunteering, etc.
The perfect example of hospitality and compassion is Jesus Christ. He preached the Gospel and took care of the sick, brokenhearted, widowed, and orphans. He healed the sick, blind, and raised people from the grave. He brought forgiveness of sins, and a physical manifestation of his mercy and grace.
In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus states:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (quoting Isaiah 61:1-2a).
Thus Jesus Christ fulfilled all that Isaiah prophesied centuries before. Jesus brought both spiritual and physical redemption and healing. As we can see, there must be a balance of good news carried out with good deeds. One or the other is not the full gospel, but a combination of both is essential in order to expand the kingdom of heaven.
God’s glory is displayed when the good news of His salvation is proclaimed and the good works of His people are carried out. Both are essential to God’s kingdom (Tom Ascol).
A biblical view of the gospel is the Good News of salvation through the redemptive work of Jesus, and the Good Deeds that demonstrate that reality. Each go hand to hand to display and establish the kingdom of God and ushered in the age to come.