Seems many Christians have kept not just social distance but even ‘helping’ or ‘giving’ distance. Many think they have very little or nothing to give. We all seem to be wanting to receive…..and feeling entitled not to be expected to give in this season. We are not giving not just to church but even to other causes.
2 Cor 8:1 -5 says;
” 1 And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.”
A story is told of a Kenyan athlete who while on his way to winning a race, stopped and turned back to help a fellow athlete who had fallen. The consequences were obvious, he didn’t win let alone finishing the race . That act of helping fellow athlete was so inconveniencing and costly to him? Maybe he should have ignored the fallen athlete, continue and win the race first then maybe come back to offer his help? After all, were there others assigned the specific duty of helping fallen athletes?
This athlete gave his time and energy to help in an extremely trying situation. The Macedonian Church gave joyfully in their poverty and trying times.
The pandemic has caused havoc in most people’s lives, pushing most of us to be in serious need of something. In need of money, food, care, hope, safety, concern….even the very basics like oxygen. Some just discovered how needy, fragile and hopeless we can be.
A midst the call to give out and reach out to others in this season, many of us have taken by default the ‘receiving’ position. Many of us are eager to receive something from someone but never eager to give out something to someone.
Many of us expect the government, the politicians, corporates, the landlords, the rich and the powerful in the community to give out something. And very few are thinking of what they can give out to someone.
Of cause there are those of us who are so immersed in their own needs, businesses and life pursuits and are by default blind and deaf to the needs of their neighbours, family members and friends.
I add a challenge ( to the many you already have on social media 😃), are you able to give out some time out of your busy schedule and find out how some neighbours, family members or friends are doing in this season? Can you give out some food, money, other items, encouragement, hope or anything to someone?
And if you can’t locate a needy person around you, then just contact the many organizations doing this.
Bless someone for real this week. Not the usual ‘God bless you’ statements.
Don’t have ‘a small heart’ in this ‘big pandemic’.
Time for action.