This question was presented by the Minister at my church today. It is based on his questioning is he doing enough for those in need in the world. I listened to him talk about how people say “we need to pray more” and how he felt disappointed in that answer because there is so much more we can do. I though a lot about it and this is how I handle what I believe his question was.
I think about what Jesus and how despite all appearances he recognized the truth, that everyone he encountered is “one with/in God.” Even though people believed they were hurting or lacking he stood in the knowing that that cannot be true in the heaven state. When he raised Lazarus from the dead he only said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” We know there is no separation, death, sickness, or lack and in God, but here, that gets a bit confusing to me and all of us because inside we know that to be true, but appearances often fool us.
I work with the so called “needy” and it has become easier and easier not to see their “neediness” when I can remember that they are my brothers and sisters asking me to see them as whole, as the Christ they are. I do struggle, but I also feel a sense of gratitude because as weird as it may sound, they are coming to me asking me to change my mind, change my consciousness so that together we may reap the benefits of the goodness of who we are as God children/image and likeness. So, when these situations come upon me, I seek the Kingdom first in pray as you said, and then I do my best to claim the Christ in my brethren and myself, and then I wait for the guidance from Spirit to know what form I AM supposed to take. Sometimes it is only recognizing the Christ in each of us, and at others it into offering help on some physical level.
Again thank you for offering this question as it helped me to look within and ask myself, am I listening to Spirit, am I doing all I can to meet the requests of my brothers and sisters, and am I offering my gratitude for the opportunity to serve.