RIVER REVELATIONS:

Look at the Heart

“Perhaps the greatest psychological, spiritual, and medical need that all people have is the need for hope.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Billy Graham

Recently I was paying our bills this is something I do ritually every month.  I pay the utilities first, then the credit cards.  The last week of the month I send in our offerings to different ministries we support.  As I was opening the envelopes and taking out the forms to send in with the donation, I began to separate the correspondence and throw it away. 

The Lord stopped me, and said, “Look at the picture”.  The Photo was of a little boy, I really looked at him, studied his little face, his smile, and I realized that I had been supporting this ministry so long that it had become just another bill I paid each month.  I’m sure the ministry appreciates our faithfulness, but God didn’t.  His message to me was not to look at the ministry, or the man or woman who ran the ministry, but look at the heart of the ministry.

It made me take a long look at my heart, where is my heart in this matter.  My heart was to make a commitment and keep it, but I didn’t make a commitment to the ministry, I made a commitment to feed and clothe the children that ministry helped.  Without that ministry those kids would be out in the street or rummaging through garbage dumps for sustenance.

  Think about the privilege we have to reach across the world and help children, the elderly the desperate—God truly has blessed us with so much to give to those who have little or nothing. He has given us a lifestyle to touch others, to see to it that other peoples children have a place to lay their heads, clothes on their backs, and some nourishing food to fill their tummies. 

When we begin to see the ministries, we support on the same level as paying our bills, we lose the heart of ministry.  Those little faces have souls that need to be fed also.  I had to really think about the last time I truly prayed for the children.  I remembered their need for food but I forgot their need for a savior.   

Yes, food is so important, but every one who does not have Christ in their heart is dying of hunger.  Anyone can have a full stomach, yet have and empty heart that needs salvation, hope, and deliverance. We can deliver a meal, a bed, and some clothing, but without the love of God, they will still be hungry, tired, and naked.  It isn’t looking at how many stomachs a ministry has filled, but how many hearts they have turned to the Lord – the giver of all good things.

Jesus died so we would always have more than enough.  He wants us to prosper so that we can help those less fortunate, so that we can give as we have been given.  We have been given His salvation to give Him away to others, we are not our own we have been brought with a price.  Jesus expects us to take what He has freely given to us and freely give it to others. 

Keep looking at the faces of the children, the elderly the desperate, and when you do you will be gazing into the face of our Lord.  What would we give if we saw Jesus hungry, thirsty or naked?  We would give it all, everything to help Him in His time of need.  Jesus said “when you do it unto the least of these my brothers, you are doing it unto Me.”

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

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