“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.” Hebrews 13:16
In an article posted February 25 on the ABC15.com website, Imani Randolph wrote about a teacher in Litchfield Park who helped raise thousands of dollars and shaved her head to show support to one of her first grade students who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
People were in need long before the news began hinting at a recession. Even when everything looked so prosperous, there was still need. When dad was driving his new car to work every day—to the envy of his co-workers—he was still in need. When mom was offered a partnership at her law firm—she was still in need. Their children, sitting and listening to the newest music on their newest portable music device while dressed in the latest fashions—they still had needs. All of the things listed above certainly aren’t wrong in and of themselves, but what is wrong is that people tend to assume that new cars, good jobs and having the latest gadgets is happiness.
When a Christian thinks of giving, they may think only in the terms of giving to the church or to the poor. But there is a gigantic need out there that has zero to do with cash, and everything to do with loneliness, despair, fear, depression, anger and every other sort of bondage one can imagine. The reality is that when a believer takes the time to minister to someone who is hurting (even if ministering means nothing more than buying them a cup of coffee and letting them talk), they are doing far more for them than money ever could.
In Matthew 9:36-37, Jesus Himself, when looking at a crowd of people, “…was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.’”
Christians have the ability to bring many souls into the Kingdom of God by simply being available to give of themselves to benefit others. While shaving one’s head may seem silly to some—for at least one little girl, it meant the world. So don’t be afraid to do what the Lord leads you to do, even if it seems “silly.”
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