#8 – Covid-19 Bible reflection

Helping others

Monday, April 6, 2020

Philippians 2:3-4

Listen (NLT)

Read (RSV)

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Reflect

In difficult times such as these, rather than only looking after ourselves, as Paul writes in a letter to the Church at Philippi, we are admonished to look also to the interests of others. When this happens, we all can benefit.

During the current lock-down, even though we cannot connect with and help each other as practically as we would like to, we can still pray for each other, and connect with family, friends and neighbours via phone, email and social media. We can offer to help older folk for example with grocery deliveries.

We have a unique opportunity to connect and serve each other in different and creative ways.

In the early Church, one of the leaders, Barnabas lived up to his name which means ‘son of encouragement’ as he generously gave of his time, possessions and words of encouragement. Let us likewise ask God to give us generous and compassionate hearts towards each other, and our neighbours as we learn to help each other and live out our Christian faith in these strange times.

Take a little time today to think of those around you and reach out to them asking what you can do to help.

Pray

Heavenly Father, thank you for placing us in families, churches and neighbourhoods. Please inspire us by your Holy Spirit and show us creative ways we can reach out appropriately from our bubbles and help and encourage each other this week.