Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. Philippians 4:17 (NIV).
A Twitter friend of mine lives in Cincinnati and was riding his bike around the downtown where the streets are mostly empty…except for homeless people. The homeless have no place else to go: no home in which to shelter in place, no family to take them in, nobody to look after them if they get sick. They desire many things, I’m sure, but the even the simplest things that we take for granted – food, clean clothing, a place to sleep – are beyond their grasp. My friend said he wished he knew of a way to help them.
How about you? Do you or I wish for that? Perhaps, during this crisis, we should find a way to take food to the homeless. Maybe we should even open our homes. Imagine what God would credit to our spiritual accounts if we did that.
Yet don’t get the big head thinking we can buy God’s love. We can’t. No, what God wants is for us to selflessly love other people in need without much thinking about what He would think of it. What God wants is for us to selflessly, even unconsciously care for each other, especially those in need, with the gifts of our hearts, our time, our resources. Go ahead and know that He’d be pleased but then leave it at that.
Look at your reflection in the mirror, then resolve to do that today. Tonight, if you’ve failed at doing it, look at yourself again and ask yourself why you failed; I’ll leave you to your own answers. But before you take your eyes off the man (or woman) in the mirror, remind them that God loves them anyway. He loves you and me the same as he did this morning. Tomorrow, get up and honestly try again.
And thank the Lord that He gives us each other to pass around those gifts, no matter what they are. He gives us all we need to survive, then thrive. More importantly, He then gives us each what we need to share with others so that His love – His true provision – might be shared as well. Knowing this, maybe go find a homeless person and find a way to really help. And if you can’t do that, then take a meal to your local ER or firehouse, where the crews are working exhausting, sometimes frightening shifts. Call up a friend and see how they’re doing, maybe take them a plate of brownies (I have a great recipe if you need one). And do whatever you do in the name of the providing Lord Jesus Christ, who gives us what we need at the proper time.
My friend in Ohio might agree.
For further reading: 1 Corinthian 9:11-12, Philippians 4:18.
Lord Jesus, thank You for providing for us. Empower me today to reach out in Your name to help someone else.