Joy to the Full

We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies–but will we be that generation?  Will we in the West realize our potential or will we sleep in the comfort of our affluence with apathy and indifference murmuring softly in our ears?…

We can’t say our generation didn’t know how to do it.  We can’t say our generation couldn’t afford it.  And we can’t say our generation didn’t have reason to do it.  It’s up to us. ~ Bono, quoted by Richard Stearns in The Hole in Our Gospel

God’s math is found in 2 Cor 8:14-15

Too Much + Too Little = Enough

On Feb 14th, the western world will celebrate a day that screams of our abundance, our “too much”, our excess.  Flowers, gifts, jewelry, candy, gift cards, dinner out, salon services, new clothes and shoes…

None of these a necessity, all abundance.

On Feb 14th, 26,000 children in the developing world will die from hunger and preventable diseases.

Do we believe Jesus Christ tells us to feed the hungry?
Do we believe Jesus Christ tells us to lay aside our desires and meet the needs of others?

It’s not what we believe that matters, it’s what we believe enough to DO.*

It can be a struggle to give up things like these, and that struggle often keeps us from doing.  And I think that is exactly the way the enemy wants it.  He doesn’t mind so much if we believe, but he is very concerned if we DO.  Because he knows when we DO– when we feed the hungry and meet the needs of others– we will discover the truth: the very thing we feared doing is the very thing that brings us the greatest joy. The enemy’s lies are exposed by our obedience!

For we walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Cor 5:7)

Faith that what He said is true–it is more blessed to give than to receive.  Faith that as he said, our hearts will follow our actions. Faith that our inheritance is sure, that He did not come to steal life, but to give it–to give us joy to the FULL.

The chicken count stands at 848.  1152 to go.  Eggs for orphans.  Eggs for the hungry.  John just sent an e-mail “can you imagine only this term we have enrolled 56 children without a sponsor. But given the way they came, we wouldn’t turn them away.”  You may remember John’s commitment to not turn away children. This is a living example of walking by faith.

We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies.  But will we be that generation?

*Richard Stearns, The Hole in our Gospel

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