And the crowds asked him [John the Baptist], “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.”
In this passage from Luke, Jesus makes our charge as people of faith unequivocally clear: Be other-centered and honest in all facets of our lives. And we are to be proactive and alert to all opportunities to serve others, particularly those who are in need and struggle to survive. When any one person suffers, we should all feel the pain.
Allow the words of a favorite hymn to guide and focus us on our journey:
“Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my voice and let me sing
Only always for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my will and make it Thine
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne.”
Abba, God, Father, Lord,
Help us to be all you would have us be, and when we act, help us to be humble and do everything in Your name.
Let it be, Lord, let it be.