Feeding Jesus

Matthew 25:37
When did we see you hungry and feed you?

When have you seen someone who was truly hungry? Were you able to give them anything? How did that make you feel?

Would you have felt any different if you had given it to Jesus himself?

Many times, we feel awkward giving to people in need. We don’t know them. We don’t know what they’ll do with our gift. But that uneasiness would be gone if we pictured Jesus as the recipient of our gift.

Whenever you feel that God is giving you an opportunity to share what you have with those who have a lot less, you have the option of imagining God’s hands around yours as you offer your gift, or you could imagine Jesus receiving what you give.

Either way is fine, but the point is that you must realize that God wants to participate in our generosity.

God created us to need Him and to need each other. Withholding from God and from each other causes a blockage in the flow of God’s gifts to all of his children.

True generosity turns the valve wide open.

Widows and Orphans

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

Last month, I showed in the first chapter of Isaiah how we can see God’s heart for his children. Today, I want you to see some things in that chapter that are very important to him.

In many places in the Bible, we can see the same issues coming to the forefront. God loves those who are oppressed. He wants to be the Father to the fatherless and Husband to the widow.

He wants our lives to be full of joy and peace, but if we’re oppressed, we’re not experiencing all God has for us. If we lack the fatherly guidance we need, we can go to God for that support. Women who have lost the care, provision, strength, and encouragement of a loving husband can go to God who wants to meet all their needs.

God wants to broaden our understanding of who he is. If we will take up his cause and work with him to alleviate the pain of the helpless, we will grow closer to him and draw strength from him.

God wants to help those who need it, but he wants to use our hands and feet.

Setting the Lonely in Families

Psalm 68:5-6
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

Honor God by doing as he has shown in his example. When we follow in his footsteps supporting and defending the widows and orphans, God will multiply our efforts and use what we give.

Pray and find out what God wants you to do to help out those who have less than you.

Giving What You Have

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

The call for us to support the widows and orphans is all over the Bible. Thomas Umstattd decided to help some orphans by creating a video to educate people about a specific ministry.

Thomas Umstattd’s video from Russia is about MIR, a ministry to orphans.