Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of running a food drive for a local food bank. The thought of helping others less fortunate overwhelms my soul. It brings joy to my heart. I couldn’t imagine living a life that doesn’t serve others! But through my observations and interactions, I can honestly say that not everyone feels the same. Sad. Really sad.
But then there or those that want to help, but unfortunately, many times it’s only with leftovers. I’ll explain. When people think food bank, they think giving what they don’t want. Stuff they've purchased and have never used. Sometimes it’s an obscure item that even most chefs won't use, other times it’s the outdated and expired stuff. What makes the people needing the food bank less deserving? Why do they deserve the leftovers? Should they be grateful that people are even participating in this initiative?
Here’s what I know. 1 Timothy 6:17-19, Paul instructs Timothy to teach this to others:
17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
The Bible is clear on anti-hoarding. The Bible is clear on sharing. The Bible is clear on helping the less fortunate. I suppose some would have a different outlook on this situation if they were the recipients of the food bank. No one person is less deserving than another. No one person is better deserving than another.
Jesus came to save us all. He didn’t count your sins, He didn’t make sure you qualified for His redemptive act on the cross. His love is available for all who seek it. His comfort is available for all who want it. We don’t deserve any of this kind of love! But still He offers it! He’ll welcome the thief along with the poor. He just wants you! Regardless of how society views us.
I challenge all, give as you would like to receive. God has blessed us all (if you're reading this post, you’ve been blessed today). Let’s help others. Unconditionally. Without qualifying. Out of love. And obedience. Just like Jesus.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.