Wellspring Devotion Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Proverbs 22:9- Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

This wonderful verse is a key verse for the non-profit Christian organization, Feed My Starving Children. According to the Feed My Starving Children website the organization is committed to feeding God’s children who are hungry in body and spirit. Children and adult volunteers pack meals that are then shipped around the world. To date Feed My Starving Children works with more than 70 countries. Coming up in less than two weeks people here in Worthington have the chance to play a small part in this mission to feed the poor.

Though the event is actually happening in just 10 days, it has been in progress for quite some time and many people have worked to make this happen in Worthington. It has been nothing short of amazing to see how God has brought many churches and committed individuals together to make this happen. Worthington’s original goal was to raise $22,000 and pack 100,000 meals. The latest goal is to raise $25,600 and local volunteers will pack 132,000 meals during the two-day event.

To see this event come together in our community and the many ways God is working to bring people together is awesome. I have had the opportunity to play just a small part in the planning group and I have learned so much through the experience and each time I leave a meeting I am reminded of how blessed we are in this country to have food and medical services we need at our fingertips. Saving my change for this project is constantly reminding me that only 22 cents can pay for one meal for hungry children in other countries. God has used this project to remind me on a daily basis we can all do things to make a difference for others. This is what we are called to do. The Bible tells us over and over to care for the poor. In Acts 20:35 Paul speaking to the elders says, “In all these things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than receive.’” Proverbs 14:31 says, “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.” Dueteronomy 15:11 reads, “For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”

These verses do not promise that we will receive earthly recognition or material possessions when we give to the poor. They tell us that giving is what Jesus wants us to do even when we feel like we have nothing to give. The reward of our giving to others may never be acknowledged on this earth but it keeps our eyes and heart set on our eternal home.

Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, Please remind us throughout this week that we are truly blessed in this country. We thank you for giving us enough food to eat and clothing to wear. We pray for every single adult and child who is going hungry day after day. We ask you to bless them and watch over them and allow organizations like Feed My Starving Children to help make an impact for your kingdom. Help us to see and act on the opportunities right here in this community where people are in need. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

Discussion questions:

What stands in the way of getting involved and helping those less fortunate?

Has there ever been a time when you had a great need and someone showed Christ’s love and helped you?