And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
A small group of neighbors gathered around to look at the mess. They were dwarfed by the size of the huge tree lying on the lawn. The homeowner, an elderly woman, leaned on her cane and described watching the previous night’s windstorm as it blew down “our majestic old elm tree. Worst of all,” she continued, her voice cracking with emotion, “it destroyed the lovely stone wall, too. My husband built that wall when we first married. He loved that wall. I loved that wall. Now it’s gone; just like him.”
The next morning, she peeked out and saw the employees of the tree company she had hired cutting up and clearing away the downed tree. Then a big smile spread across her face. In between the branches she could make out two adults and the boy who mowed her lawn. They were carefully measuring and rebuilding her beloved wall.
The prophet Isaiah describes the kind of service God favors: acts that lift the hearts of those around us, like the wall repairers did for that elderly woman. This verse teaches that God values the service you perform towards others. And two things result from your kind deeds. Your deeds encourage and help the people who are in need. And your light, your reputation, becomes a shining example for all the world to see.
What service will you offer this week?
In Christ’s love, Pastor Steve