A Particular Pleasure
Sharing is caring. We've heard it before. We know the sentiment that it implies. There are many verses about sharing, but this one in particular stands out today. Hebrews 13:16 MSG "Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship—a different kind of “sacrifice”—that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets." Make sure you don’t take things for granted. Our blessings are for us and enable us to be able to help others. Blessings prosper us so that through us others may prosper. Blessings provide the ability for us to share them with others and encourage them in the process. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship that take place in kitchens, at our workplaces and on the streets. Particular pleasure is an amazing descriptor for doing what ought to come naturally. It's really not so hard to do, but sometimes we can take the things that we read and hear in the Word and think that we aren't up for the task. We are. For instance, just the other day as I was leaving a big box store, I saw a woman struggling to put her groceries in her trunk. I did not know this lady and I was in a hurry, but I felt the need, the urging to stop and help her. I could see that there was a pretty heavy item in her cart that was large, bulky and heavy. She didn't appear to have the strength to lift it up and out of the cart and man handle it into her vehicle. I walked up, smiled and asked her if she would like some help. I didn't just go barging in and do it for her, but I asked her if she would like some help and waited. Now, right there she could have told me she had it under control, to get lost or she might have cursed me out, but I asked her anyway. I took the risk of rejection, because I felt that inner urging from the Holy Spirit. I asked, and let me just say that she was stunned at first. She kinda looked me up and down and then the next moment she smiled. She admitted that she had been wondering to herself how she was ever going to get that item out of the buggy and into her car. I moved it for her, she said thank you, I said your welcome, God Bless you and we moved on. It took all of three minutes. Three minutes from the sight of the need to filling the need. Done and done. God takes particular pleasure in us when we take our worship to the streets. That day the parking lot was a great place to offer to share my strength with someone who needed some extra muscle. It wasn't hard or difficult, but it did mean I had to act. She was praying for strength as she was struggling that day. God placed me there, at that moment, to answer her need as an act of worship on my part. A particular pleasure. Wow! A simple act of kindness towards another human being is described as a particular pleasure for God. He looks for these moments for us. He points them out, but it's up to us to get a clue and do it. It's up to us to worship God through our actions. It's up to us to act.