Food for thought….Refuse to do nothing!

I believe that we will one day weep in regret because of the temporal mindset that we posses in this country.  Now bear with me, don’t automatically get upset because this sounds condemning.  It is not meant to be condemning, but rather, sobering, if you will. 

We are called to care for the fatherless, give to the poor.  “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” Proverbs 19:17.  Now, this is not meant to be a post that criticizes or condemns the fact that we live in America.  God has placed us in this country for a reason and a purpose.  

After I saw this picture, my heart sank.  I thought about all that my kids and I have.  They received so many Lego sets for Christmas that I had to put some of them away to play with at a later date.  My house is filled with toys, food, clothing.  Their closets are packed to the brim.   My cupboards are overflowing with food, their toy room is crazy!! Then I see these pictures….kids who dont even have clothing. Kids who are at the brink of death because they have no food.  In that moment, reality hits me.  Eternity hits me.  I lamentably grasp the truth that I am living for the temporal more than I am the eternal.  

Now, I recognize that most of us will never travel to Africa and serve as missionaries to give food to these precious little babies.  But, what do we do? How many of us give to the poor, how many of us pray for the poor?  When I say poor, I am not talking about people in America with 2 cars, a house, and clothes to wear who are having a hard time paying their bills, I am talking about these kids who have no parents, no home, no food, no hope, who will most likely die because they have no food and no one to take care of them.  

Christians! This should not be happening.  Not as long as there are Christians left in the world.  I understand that  God places different convictions on each person.  Giving to the poor, this is a command that God gives us.  This is what He expects of us.  These pictures break my heart for these little ones.  They are children.  Just like yours and mine.  But it not only breaks my heart for them, my heart is broken over the state of my own self.  That I could go on living a comfortable life after seeing these kids.  Have I, living in America, become that numb?

We are the body of Christ, His hands and feet.  Is what we are taking part in, spending our time on, investing our money in……is it what Christ would be doing?  After all, we are his ambassadors.  A name that often times I am ashamed to call myself.  An ambassador of Christ means to represent all that He is.  Oh, how I have fallen short.  

I pray that our eyes would be opened, and we would start acting as the hands and feet of our Savior.  I pray He would break our hearts for what breaks His.  Motivation starts with love.  May we ask God to give us a love for others like we have never experienced before.  I pray that Jesus would prompt us to do something that matters! Something with eternal value.  Something that is for Him.  Let us refuse to do nothing!

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained. James 1:27

 

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  1. Absolutely true- Refuse to do nothing! God, Break my heart for what breaks Yours! We all have a God ordained role. Thanks for writing this heartfelt devotional! Love you , sister!!!!

    • Thanks for reading Gail!! I am sick of mediocrity. I agree with you, and pray that God would break our hearts for what breaks His. Refuse to do nothing 😉