While on vacation in California, our family had the opportunity to visit Alluvial Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. The falls were caused when a man-made dam broke loose and brought millions of gallons of water down the hillside. Everything in its path was carried away by the water and strewn everywhere, including many big boulders. The entire family had a blast climbing up the falls, maneuvering around the big boulders in place.
I’d like to draw attention to my 11-year old daughter. Upon coming down the falls, she took it upon herself to help her 4-year old little brother negotiate the boulders (which were large and difficult for him). She held his hand when needed. She carried him when needed. She helped him down some of the large drops. She did so willingly. Nobody told her to do this. Rather, she saw the need, cared for her brother and willingly helped him in his time of need. This was a simple expression of love for her brother.
Such ought to take place in the church. We ought to see one another’s needs and be stirred to help, not because we are told to do so, but as an expression of our love for other believers. This isn’t anything new. John wrote, “For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (1 John 3:11).