But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17
If there is anything that will take you down faster than anything else in life, it will be to withhold compassion and generosity from people around you. Here is yet another reason why we don’t want to be like Jonah.
We’ve said that egoism is “inordinate concern for One’s welfare and interest.” And Jonah was a man completely devoted to his own interest. His thinking, feeling and acting were all driven by and devoted to himself. A lifestyle the bible counsels against.
When the sailors were worried about their lives and when they were face to face with death, this guy, Jonah, was sound asleep, worried free… He demanded that God takes his life when the lives of 120,000 souls hung in the balance.
Here is lesson #3: Do not look only to your own interest!
We are called to loose the bounds of wickedness
We are called to let the oppress go free
We are called to share our bread with the hungry
We are called to reach out to the homeless and the poor
When we see the naked, it is our duty to clothed them
God is concerned about the poor, so should we!
If we are not – than the question should be asked, how does that impact our faith? It does big time! It shows if our faith is dying, dead or alive. “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:15, 16, 17; Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 1:4