Something I am thankful for about this election season is how it has challenged me to stand stronger on God’s Word, and most importantly, to do better at living and acting according to it. Our small group study this past week was in James 1:22-27, and I know God is convicting me about that scripture.
A big issue this election was helping the poor and needy. I have debated with others that I think it should never have become the government's job to provide for the sick, homeless, needy, etc. As Christians individually and Christians as the church body, we are to be providing for those needs. When we let it fall on the government to do those things, we become lazy (I know I do!) and we lose our testimony as the hands and feet of Jesus. We also destroy opportunities for people to come to know Christ through that testimony. If people who don't know Jesus can get what they need through the government, then how much harder is it for them to ever see their need for the Savior?
Maybe I’m crazy, but I keep thinking that if every Christian and every church gave as much as we could with a biblical attitude, we should have no need for government-run programs to help people in distress. The Church would provide for people’s needs, give testimony to the Bread of Life and the Living Water, and serve Jesus Himself, all the while storing treasure in heaven rather than here on earth. Doesn’t that sound awesome and impossible all at the same time? It sure doesn’t seem like the “numbers” would add up with all the needs in the world today, yet God took five loaves and two fish and fed the five thousand, with basketfuls left over!
Anyway, I guess I’m just dreaming, and I’m not sure I think it’s God’s will for this dream to come true. But I believe He wants us give as if it could come true, and it starts with me to try to make a difference.
So, what in the world does this have to do with my job as an editor and you writers who read this blog (if you’re even still with me at this point)? Well, I believe God is challenging me and wants me to challenge you as well. With Christmas fast approaching, I keep asking God to cleanse me from my selfish desires and to show me how to want less and give more. One thing among many that He has brought to mind are the Christmas gifts I receive from authors thanking me for working with them on their books. These gifts are so nice and fun to receive, but I don’t need them. And even though my selfishness hates to tell you this, please don’t send them to me. If any of my authors reading this have planned to send me a Christmas gift or card or anything at all, (which you certainly don’t have to, and I certainly don’t expect you to, but just in case…) take whatever money you planned to spend, if even just fifty cents for a Christmas card, and give a gift to someone who really needs it. Drop the change for a card in the nearest Salvation Army bucket or give to a crisis pregnancy center or find an organization like Samaritan's Purse or something much more local or whatever. There are endless opportunities for Christians to give for God’s glory to those who really need it. Reread Matthew 25:34-46 for inspiration and motivation.
Please join me in this challenge to want less and give more and be an amazing testimony for Jesus Christ.