When our hearts are opened to the reality of true poverty in this world, we want to help in any way we can. Mission trips open eyes to the poorest of the poor, and documentaries or commercials that spotlight a poverty that is entirely out of our daily realm, burn inside our spirits. We look for ways to help…whether it be sponsoring or adopting a child, donating money, providing clothing and necessities, or offering service, prayers and love. We know that through the Holy Spirit, there is some way each of us can help. But how many times do we see, know, and feel the call to love through sacrifice, decide to take action…and then allow that decision to fade away?
You know what the Lord is calling you to do. What are you waiting for?
The time to clothe, feed, educate, shelter, heal, pray, love is NOW! No matter how small you feel your contribution is, take that step NOW! We are the Body of Christ. Our love and all the blessings in our lives are meant to be shared.
They will know we are Christians by our love. Are we sharing Christ’s burning love with this very needy world around us, or are we merely quoting Bible verses? Are we seeing the poverty of spirit in the empty eyes and lives of those who pass us each and every day?
Unless we ask that the Holy Spirit guide us to see with His eyes, and love with His heart, we might miss seeing the eyes that are silently crying out for help. The eyes that try to fool the world into thinking they are happy, when on the inside, they are lonely, empty, and devoid of faith and hope.
Only Jesus can fill the needs of true poverty. Only Jesus can infuse us with perfect love and mercy…overflowing our hearts to share that Divine Love with those suffering souls.
He is waiting for us to invite Him to work in us and through us. What are we waiting for?
Always remember…they will know we are Christians by our love.
A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another. John 13:34-35
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.‘ Matthew 25:37-40
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13