Today’s Scripture: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 1 John 3:16-17


An ethics professor at a Princeton Seminar conducted a survey in which he gave his students papers to deliver to Stuart Hall. He allotted some of his students 15 minutes, some 45 minutes, and some 3 hours.

He assigned three drama students to act in the hallway. The first was to worriedly exclaim, “Oh, my head, my head!” The second was to act as if he was having a seizure, and the third was to lay face-down on the floor.

All of the students who were allotted 15 minutes passed by their ailing peers. Two out of six students who were allotted 45 minutes stopped. From the group allotted three hours, all the students stopped to help.

What was the professor’s point? He was illustrating that when we are hurriedly attempting to finish our to-do lists, we neglect to help others.

While we are focused on 1. Having devotions, 2. Prayer time, 3. Paying the bills, and 4. Cleaning the basement, many of us neglect to realize something. God should not be a number on our list. He should be the list. When we live with our focus on pleasing Him, we will never be too busy to help someone in need.

Friend, do you make serving the Lord a number on your to-do list? The Christian life is not one filled with exact time slots. Our lives are lives of on-call service. God tells us we are to help our brethren. Don’t be too busy to be bothered.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder