Make A Difference

Posted by Melissa

A glass of lemonade on a hot day. An umbrella in the pouring rain. A cheeseburger and fries when you haven’t eaten all day. What do these items have in common?

Sometimes the smallest offer of kindness to meet our needs makes a difference in our day. Do we think about those who make the effort to supply our needs of food, safety, and shelter? Are we eager to help meet the needs of others?

Read Acts 27:24–28:2. Look closely at verse 2.

What was the soldiers’ plan for the prisoners during the storm?

What actions did the centurion take to save the prisoners? Why?

What did the local people do for the prisoners when they came ashore?

What risks did these people take in order to help the prisoners?

Has there been a time when you made an effort to meet the needs of someone else? What was it?

What risks are you willing to take to provide for someone you don’t know?

When a storm surrounded a ship of prisoners, the soldiers in charge wanted to take the easy way out so they wouldn’t be responsible if the prisoners escaped. All soldiers but one. The centurion cared about Paul and helped the prisoners survive. On shore, the people of Malta showed they cared about the needs of others. They made an effort to help total strangers. They welcomed the shipwrecked prisoners, no questions asked.

Do you go out of your way to help others? Are you aware of those who need food, shelter, or friendship? As you become sensitive to the Holy Spirit, God will lead you in the right direction.

The local people showed us extraordinary kindness, for they lit a fire and took us all in, since it was raining and cold. —Acts 28:2

Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2010 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.

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