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You Can Do Something

Secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free; the LORD gives sight to the blind. The LORD raises up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD protects the stranger, sustains the orphan and the widow, but thwarts the way of the wicked. Psalm 146:7-9

Today, I read a line from Max Lucado’s book “Outlive Your Life” which is “One cannot do everything, but one can do something”.

As Christians, we are one with the Lord in looking after his children. The psalmist echoes God’s heart for the poor. God’s eyes are big on the small. He longs for us to take our place in his work among the unfortunate. Look at those statements:

  • Secures justice for the oppressed
  • Providing food to the hungry
  • Giving prisoners their freedom
  • Enabling the disabled
  • Raising up those who are lowly
  • Welcoming unfamiliar faces
  • Spending time with the parent-less and spouse-less

Someone will say, “How can I help when my family needs more help.” Well, everybody needs help. It’s just a matter of managing your resources.

Another will comment, “Others are already doing that, I have my family to feed.” If we are always looking internal and not external of us, we are missing the point. You always have a place to occupy in the scheme of things.

“It’s not my type of ministry, I am busy with other services.” Wrong. We are all called to respond to the needy. Every follower of Christ should put their hearts and hands on this ministry.

“Let the rich do just that, we are not rich.” There is no mention in the verses above that only the rich should do something for the poor and needy.

One can do something. You can. May I suggest the following?

  • Pray for the poor.
  • Don’t buy a new shirt or clothes once in a month and allot those funds for the poor.
  • Give up your trip to Starbucks, enable a poor child to reach his dreams.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances, the money you save in energy can energize the weak.
  • Turn off electric devices in your home when not in use, the money you save the money you save can turn on somebody’s life.
  • Cancel your late night strolls to bars, provide for those who have no bed at night.
  • Give up your I-Phone plan and settle for a low tech phone, the savings you get can empower a child’s education plan.
  • Post actions for the poor in your Facebook wall or Twitter account.
  • Volunteer for inner city mission.
  • Participate in your church’ social action ministry.

Yes, you cannot do everything but you can do something. So, do something!

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Undercover God

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Matthew 25:36

After watching the 24th Superbowl, the program shifted to a new series called, “Undercover Boss”.  In this program, the main top guy of a big company does undercover with his ordinary employees. He plays to be an entry level employee. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) becomes a clerk on one day. The next day, he shares lunch with the field supervisor. On the third day, he assists the truck driver to get things done. For the fourth time he under covers, the boss suits up to be another helper for a lowly guy of the company. On the last day, he spent his day working with the front men and women who shares their time mostly with their customers.  The CEO’s experience opens his eyes to the  hardworking life of his employees. He creates some decision and changes some policies after his undercover work to impact better working environment in the company. Of course, at the end the boss is revealed to the employees he has worked with throughout the week. The employees’ faces illustrate shock and surprise however it gives them importance as their CEO displays concern for their work as a whole.

Jesus illustrated how our God does undercover.  He will take the person of the hungry. God will ask for water to drink. He will be a person without a roof in His head. He will need clothing. He will be sick and needs attention. God will be imprisoned and will need a friend to chat with. He is God, He is King yet He will be needing help. He who at the top of all things will be at the bottom of the list.

What does this mean for us?  We can serve God. We will serve God.  He deserves it.

Be ready. Share your food with Him. Quench His thirst. Welcome Him in your home. Give Him shirts and pants. Help to heal Him. Make a visitation to His prison. Not just for a week but everyday, any day.

Don’t be surprise at what God will do for us to serve Him. God won’t be surprise at what you will do to serve Him.

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