I have a hard time being brief (as evidenced in my cardboard testimony), but today I want to challenge you to do 3 things. These 3 things may take 5 minutes, but could make a significant difference. in your life and in the life of another.
- Lights (God's word is a light that guides our steps): Read the example Jesus shared about how a person who loves God can share the love of God in a practical way with someone in need... you can read the story of the Good Samaritan here. Notice that when the Good Samaritan was confronted with someone in need, he was moved with compassion, he physically offered to help and he also gave 2 days wages to help meet his needs.
- Camera (a device that is sensitive to light, brings an image into focus, and translates it for viewing): Take a snapshot of your heart for helping meet the needs of the orphan. I love that statement from Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision, who said "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." Does a snapshot of your heart reflect God's heart? Are you moved with compassion when you read statistics such as: 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day, and 30,000 children die each day due to poverty related issues? Could you pause for a minute to ask God to bring your heart in line with His?
- Action (the process of doing something. Not debating or discussing, but actually applying power, force, or influence into a specific situation): In light of the truth of God's word and the condition of your heart, would you consider tangibly acting in some way today? I challenge you to call your church office and ask who in the congregation is living in poverty that you could personally help today. Or, if you prefer to give to an organization that is dedicated to meet the needs of those in poverty, here are a few great ones for you to give financially and possibly give physically by joining a work team:
Here's Life Inner City
Global Aid Network
Missions-Network InternationalWe just took 5 minutes to walk through these 3 steps, and it was such a good process to walk through.
This is a little boy that we met in a slum just outside the village of Uruapan, Mexico. It's amazing to think that our politicians are debating whether Health Insurance should be a Right for all Americans, just like Freedom of Speech or the Right to Bear Arms... when I wonder if this little boy will eat anything today? Will he go to school? Will he be forced into his first job as a 5 year old, to help put food on the table for his family?
"Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart."