Someone once said, “When it comes to helping others, some people stop at nothing”. Do we jump in to help when needed? Doing nothing can never be right. James tells us, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin”. We need to do more than just think of others, we need to act, to do them good, to be known for our kindness to others, as Solomon reminds us, “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right”. Nehemiah over and over asked God to remember him for good.

Although nothing is impossible with God, even God cannot remember the good things that we have not done. Just what is it that we are doing that God is going to remember? Do we get up everyday and serve our Lord by going about doing for others, or are we so wrapped up with ourselves that we never think to help any one else? Many years ago a dear brother giving a fraternal address said, “One characteristic of Christadelphians is that they are all most willing”. After a pause, while the audience recovered from this unexpected accolade, he explained, “Some are willing to do all the work and the rest are willing to let them”. Into which of these two groups do we belong? Do we serve, or are we among those who wait around for someone to serve us? Peter tells us to “gird ourselves with humility, to serve one another”. Paul tells us, “You my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love”.

Serving involves doing. If even a little child is known by his actions, what actions are we known for doing? Wayne Dyer once said, “If you are what you do, then when you don’t, you aren’t”. Using this definition there are a lot of people who simply aren’t because they are not doing anything. We dare not be idle. We have to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. We have to work out our salvation and that means doing things. What are we doing for the Lord? We show our love for our Lord by the things we do for some of His other children.

We all remember what Jesus did just before he went to be crucified. After supper was ended we are told that he washed his disciples’ feet. The record goes on to say, “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place, “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so. For that is what I am. Now that, I your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

What he did, did not cost any money, but it was a powerful demonstration of how our Lord was willing to serve by getting down on his own hands and knees to wash the disciples’ feet. He must have meant what he said, yet how many of us take the lesson to heart and actually look for ways we can serve each other in the simple things of life? It is the Lord Jesus who tells us, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward”. Everyday we have the opportunity to do something for others. At the end of the day can we recall what things we have done for someone else simply because we love Jesus and are trying to follow his example? If at the end of each day we cannot recall a single act we did for others, we need to realise that the Lord also will not remember us for all those good things we did not do.

It is not complicated. We simply show love by doing. The word love means nothing in tennis, but it means everything to us. Love is the greatest thing in the world but it must be active, as John exhorts us, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth”.