I Wish I Could Do More

Posted by on Mar 25, 2022 in Articles | 0 comments

Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:9-10

A statement we all often make is to express the desire that I or we  could do more. As Christians, we all possess a great deal of sympathy and compassion to those around us. This is so commendable to have that kind of heart and love for others. But, the facts remain, time, money, energy, etc. are all in limited supply. 

One important thing to remember is God does not expect more of us than we are able. We’re commanded to maximize our talents and opportunities (Matt 25:15). However, we find nowhere in scripture that an individual in any way is expected to exceed their own abilities. God is just (Duet 32:4) and never requires more of an individual than what can be done. While many face seemingly huge feats through patience and God’s care, the faithful will sustain (Psalm 37).

It is also important to note, other folks who are reasonable don’t expect one to do above what they are able. Notice Paul’s request of Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:9, “Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me”. While the expectation is still there, he only requires his best efforts and no more. Many times in scripture, the wise have offered counsel to not overextend oneself (Exodus 18).

Also, we have to take care of our matters in life. We all have a “full plate” as it is and life in general has plenty of responsibilities. We should never offer excuses to allow ourselves to do less than what we can. However, it’s also not good to bring anxieties upon yourself by feeling obligated to do above what is reasonable. We should be like Peter and only offer for others what we are able and not be concerned by what we are not. Acts 3:6 states, “Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk”.

By Jason Barger

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