Random Acts of Kindness
"Then you will say, 'And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was Me - you did it to Me.'" -Matthew 25:39&40
Have you ever done something kind for a stranger? In our modern world, we often fear getting close to people we don't know, and perhaps for good reason. (Remember the phrase, "Stranger, danger"?) Technology, for all its good uses, has had quite an isolating effect on us compared to life beforehand. Before the Internet, many people hung out on porches talking with neighbors and were more involved in their communities.
Today, it takes more of a conscious effort to talk to someone we do not know. But, doing something kind for someone can be the greatest open door for sharing Jesus' message of salvation. Kindness is one of the fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 and 23.
"Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?" -Romans 2:4
What can we do to be kind? Whether it's making a homemade meal for someone, serving in a shelter, or opening a door for someone, each of these things can be open doors for God's kingdom. It's not uncommon for my husband to go above and beyond to help someone with their car at his job, or to help someone outside his job if they have car trouble. Even if we are providing for someone's basic needs, this act of kindness still has supernatural value in God's kingdom.
When was the last time you did something kind for someone? Has it been a while? Let us create a culture of kindness so that people can experience God's kingdom through us and know that His intentions for them are to be loved by Him.
Related resource: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, by Bob Goff