He answered them, “He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise.”
Luke 3:11 WEB
I give until it hurts and then I give more. I don’t feel the pain in the ways that most would or expect, for it isn’t a burden but rather a blessing.
When I say that I give until it hurts, I mean that my body may be running on ’empty’ out of exhaustion from going nonstop at times, helping people, and those within underserved communities.
But even when I’m clearly exhausted, I still have a smile on my face and a pep in my step, and I get up again the next day to do it again. It is an honor and privilege to do so.
I am blessed and highly favored and I know it. I know this to be true because even in days when I had no money in my bank account, God has provided. When no health insurance meant high medical bills, God sorted it out and I didn’t have to pay a penny.
When I didn’t think I had the energy to get out of bed some days, or I needed to stay up late to get work done, God gave me the fuel. God has fed me, clothed me, healed me, nurtured me, and picked me up off my face when I have fallen.
So why would I keep this testimony to myself? Why would I not be a blessing to others? Why would I not be a true servant to others?
So yes, I go into neighborhoods where crime rates are higher, poverty is suffocating, and hope is dwindling—and I roll up my sleeves and get to work. Because writing a check or making an in-kind donation is awesome but it can also be passive.
On-the-ground, getting your hands ‘dirty’ work is active service—it’s how Jesus served. Get in the trenches and give a check or in-kind donation. See and experience how your help is needed, has been impactful, and how you can recruit others to do the same.
Jesus washed his disciples feet first! Jesus didn’t ‘train’ people and then say after, “ok now you go out there and serve the poor and shut-in, while I work over here on the administrative, bureaucratic stuff,” no Jesus did it all and taught his followers how.
There are two amazing quotes that I read years ago that I want to share with you:
“The Christian gives all she knows of herself to all she knows of God and continues to grow in the knowledge of both.” -Gladys Hunt
“A cup that is already full cannot have more added to it. In order to receive the further good to which we are entitled, we must give of that which we have.” -Margaret Becker
Both of these quotes reflect what I see in my life and they reinforce why I do what I do–without hesitation, question, doubt, frustration, or fear. My faith is secure knowing what I do I am supposed to do, and that it is done with joy and gladness in my heart. So I pray that God continues to show me where help is needed, and I pray that I am able to serve all of the days of my life.
Are you seizing your opportunities to give and express God’s blessings to the least of His children? If not, ask Him how. Then go be a daily blessing, giving Him the glory!
Father, am I doing enough for others? If I’m not please show me the areas and opportunities that I need to jump into with both feet. Fuel me with the energy and resources to pour into others what You have freely poured into me. If instead, I am doing enough for others, in my capacity, please keep filling my cup so that I can bless even more people. I humbly and sincerely pray this to You today. Amen.
Love always your sister in Christ,
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