Practical Messages for Impractical Times
Show hospitality to one another without complaining. 1 Peter 4:9
Growing up in a Christian home taught me the gift of giving. It is in my nature to always help those in need. I am certain that my upbringing played a major role in becoming a nurse.
However, there has been a devastating change among those who claim to be “Christ-like”. A Spirit of Selfishness has infiltrated the body of Christ-the church. There has been a decline of financial giving; fewer invitations to share an after sermon meal; and a complete turning away from helping the needy. We receive with two open hands and give with a couple of fingers. How are we able to live contently without doing anything to alleviate the suffering of others?
A couple of years ago, the Children’s Ministry leader told a story based on Mathew 6:25-34. When she asked the children if they were worried about anything, one of the children responded: “Yes, I am worried about not having enough food for my family to eat.” To hear a small child express the fear of hunger felt as if a dagger had penetrated my heart. I prayed and asked God for guidance as to what I needed to do.
The abundance that God has blessed us with was not given for us to collect material assests. As believers, we have been given the mission of alleviating the burden of those who struggle to have basic necessities. Only what we do for Christ will count. It is the greatest blessing to use our monies and time to help those in need.
What can you do to help others?
Dear God, Please give us the spirit of hospitality. There are many individuals who are suffering. Help us to use the resources that you have given us to help others. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz