Watering the Tulips
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” – 1 John 3:17
This is that time of year when most of us are hurriedly looking for gifts for our friends and family. Many (if not most) of these gifts are completely unnecessary and unneeded (hopefully not unwanted). I’m not in any way implying that it’s wrong to gift somebody with something they only want, but don’t need. Please don’t take it that way. Those types of gifts are oftentimes some of the most precious. With that said, let us not forget that many at this time of year are hurting and in need.
The most natural thing to do is to heap gifts on loved ones this time of year. Certainly, this is a wonderful time of year to build family memories that last a lifetime. But while we are doing that, let none of us forget those that perhaps have no family…no income…no help. This is a wonderful time of year to share the blessings God has given you with those that have less. Not only that, through your giving, you will have the opportunity to minister to the spiritual needs of those you help.
The instructions to the early churches from the beginning were to help the poor (Luke 14:13). The Jerusalem council ended with instructions to help the poor (Galatians 2:10). Several of the epistles certainly had instructions on helping those in need, as we have before us today. There are a plethora of Old Testament passages which could be cited with instructions to help the poor. These instructions do not go away during this season every year. Oftentimes, these folks are needier because of the lack of funding from people that are spending their donations on other things (i.e. gifts for family and friends).
In no way am I suggesting that we should all forego giving gifts to our friends and family this holiday season. Though, if our hearts are in the right place, that may be good. This is just meant as a friendly reminder that those that had needs 2 months ago still have needs during December. Those that were struggling 2 months ago are, most likely, still struggling today. It would do us all well to weigh a need greater than a want. Though, in our society, that has become quite a difficult thing to do.
So, as you are shopping this year, perhaps consider finding a family less fortunate than yourself to help. Maybe this is a good year to begin helping those that find themselves in a bad situation. Perhaps it’s time that we, as believers, make this a normal routine – not only at this time of year, but all through the year. Let us ever be found to be givers, for God has given us much!
Child of God, if you know God has gifted you with far more than you deserve, consider passing that on to those around you. You may find this to bring great rejoicing to the Spirit that dwells inside of you.
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