Thinking about the New Testament and its focus on acting on our faith has prompted conviction in my heart. There is so much more I could be doing but don’t because of laziness, fear, and selfishness.
If you’re anything like me, you know how easy it is to look the other way when something is uncomfortable or pass by, not even wondering if there’s something I should do.
It’s a lot less work to only care about myself, but if I live like this I’m not fulfilling Jesus’ command to love one another. In fact, Mark 12:29–31 says the greatest commands in all of Scripture are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbours as ourselves.
This conviction culminated one day when, while on my way to work, I witnessed a fender bender. My first instinct was to continue on. It wasn’t a serious accident and it looked like everyone was OK.
In my heart I knew I was taking the easy way out and I needed to do something even if it wasn’t much. So, I pulled over, ran across the road, and asked if I could help. At the time of the accident there were five or six cars at the intersection and I was the only one who pulled over. And I wasn’t going to.
What if someone was hurt? What if the driver at fault took off? What did it harm me to stop and check other than being a bit inconvenienced?
After ensuring everyone was OK and passing over my contact information I continued on my way wondering how I can develop the habit of doing something rather than nothing.
And you know what? I wasn’t even late for work.