I spent some time this morning reading the stories on World Vision's blog. Stories about little children struggling to survive. It breaks my heart. I want to know what I can do to help. I ask God. I think His answer is simple yet not easy...they need food, clean water, shelter, and Jesus (not in that order). That's the simple answer. There is a more complicated one, with many more things added to the list, but if these few basic needs are met, the life they are living now would be changed from surviving to thriving.
But it doesn't just begin or end there. It begins with us...we Christians who have. It begins in our hearts where caring and loving are birthed, and it grows to doing and being...love acts. God's love transforms. They don't need all that we have because all that we have we don't need. Some of it isn't good for us. They need our love first, then our help. Love always manifests itself in helping, meeting needs.
Jesus - "...for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me." (Matt. 25:35-36)
And just as the righteous asked him (v.37), we ask...When did we do these things?
His answer (v.40) - "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."
World Vision is just one ministry, there are many others who are also answering the cry for help echoed around the world; Compassion International is another. We see the children's faces on their blogs. They are just pictures to us, until God uses their beautiful piercing eyes to penetrate our hearts and change the pictures on page to people in need...and our hearts cry with theirs, and we act.
God's love can change a life. It can change a home...a world. One beating heart at a time.
Ask God how you can help a child in need today, and show them the love of Jesus...in your own family, down the street, or on the other side of the world.
What we do for the least of these...we do for Him.
Seeking a heart like His,