Feed the Hungry
This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. — 1 John 3:16-17 (MSG)
There a lot of hungry people in the world: close to 900 million. The United Nations World Food Programme says about 795 million do not get enough food to lead a healthy, active life. That is about one in nine people on earth. Asia has the most hungry people: two-thirds of the total. In sub-Saharan Africa, one person in every four is undernourished. Poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths in children under five, or 3.1 million annually.
Clearly, there is a problem. It is so widespread and so staggering it is easy to throw up your hands and ask how it’s possible to do anything. But it is. You can help a food pantry in your area. Serve at a food bank. Donate money to any number of ministries or non-profit programs whose goal is to combat hunger around the world.
It isn’t easy to make a dent in such a huge problem. It never is. But the size of the problem doesn’t prevent you from taking action on a small portion. If you have the means to help someone who is hungry, why wouldn’t you? Don’t make My love disappear.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth:
There are six practical actions listed in this passage that Jesus said are just like helping Him. Which ones have you taken? Which ones could you do in the next month? Write out a plan and ask someone to hold you accountable for following through.