Are you in need? What needs do you face today? Is it clothing, food, shelter, water? What are you doing to fulfill others’ needs? Could it be that by fulfilling someone else’s needs that your very own needs would be fulfilled?
We see a world gone crazy with hoarding. We see people panicking all around us. We are normally used to seeing this type of frenzy during the black Friday Christmas shopping time. Yet we see people doing much the same thing now for basic necessities.
Unfortunately, many are being left out. The poor, homeless, elderly, and homebound people are struggling to get the basic necessities of life. As followers of Jesus Christ, this is not the way we are to act. We are called to help others.
I can remember times as a child and adolescent when our family had very little. In fact, there were times our cupboards were pretty bare. Yet my mother and grandmother never turned someone away from the dinner table. We shared what we had with whomever walked through the door. A lesson I learned as a young boy.
Perhaps we need to go back to those principles. The principles my grandmother learned during the Great Depression. You see, if we share what we have with others, we all have more than enough. This is a lesson for not just the current situation, but a lesson to live by at all times.
As Christians, we are commanded by Jesus to do just that—share with others. Jesus commands us to love one another (John 13:34, 15:12, 15:17). He also says that we show our love by keeping His commands and we are His friends when we keep His commands (John 14:15, 14:21, 15:14).
Folks, I encourage us to keep His commands during these turbulent times. Share with others. Be there for each other. Sure, take care of your family, but also look for opportunities to show the love of Jesus to others by sharing what you have.
I remember being in the Marine Corps and making C-ration stew. For those unfamiliar with C-rations, they were meals that came in a box with a variety of canned foods. We would take a helmet, which was basically a metal pot at the time, and turn it upside down over a fire. Everyone would pour their can of food into the “pot” to make the stew. We all ate and were filled. Perhaps a lesson our society needs to learn.
I pray we all decide to follow Jesus’ commands. I pray we all look to show Christian charity to others. I pray we all learn to share so that we all have enough. Be a follower of Jesus. Obey His commands. Take care of one another. God will be in the midst of it. God will provide.
Matthew 25:35-36 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.