Helping God

Asking God for help is probably a standard procedure for anyone in need. Helping God, on the other hand, is clearly not because God is being needy. Is the reason to help God simply as returning the favor? Is it because we are all instruments of His will? Is it because the only way to conquer self is through letting God do the work and while He works, we might as well help? Is it from the awareness that without God, we are lost as a boat with no direction in the vast ocean of life? Is it because helping God is our part of the Covenant with Him?

Whatever the reason for helping God, Baha’u’llah provides very clear instructions on how to help God:

O friends! Help ye the one true God, exalted be His glory, by your goodly deeds, by such conduct and character as shall be acceptable in His sight. He that seeketh to be a helper of God in this Day, let him close his eyes to whatever he may possess, and open them to the things of God. Let him cease to occupy himself with that which profiteth him, and concern himself with that which shall exalt the all-compelling name of the Almighty. He should cleanse his heart from all evil passions and corrupt desires, for the fear of God is the weapon that can render him victorious, the primary instrument whereby he can achieve his purpose. The fear of God is the shield that defendeth His Cause, the buckler that enableth His people to attain to victory. It is a standard that no man can abase, a force that no power can rival. By its aid, and by the leave of Him Who is the Lord of Hosts, they that have drawn nigh unto God have been able to subdue and conquer the citadels of the hearts of men.

(Baha’u’llah, Gleanings From the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 272)

Why do you choose to help God? How do you help God?

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