Today I want to share some thoughts that the Lord has been speaking to me and they have been burning into my heart and mind and I hope you will receive these words into your spirit as well and share this message with those whom the Lord puts on your heart.
Amid all of the ups and downs of life, we all experience seasons where we’re just struggling to keep our heads above water! Everyone has financial concerns, family issues, health needs, hopes and dreams they’re working toward, career aspirations and our walk with the Lord to attend to and just those things are enough to keep us busy for a lifetime. However, there’s more. With a global pandemic, riots and daily bad news, a fractured society, politics and everything else, it is easy to fall into a cycle where we work and work and work to sustain ourselves and the things that concern us, without realizing that much of the rest of the world doesn’t have the luxury of worrying. They’re too busy surviving.
True, it’s not that we deliberately look away from the needs around us, but that the needs in front of us are calling for our attention too. As Paul sat in prison, he wrote to the church in Philippi about some of his experiences, expressing a confidence and gratitude that is challenging even today, telling the church radical things like, “Rejoice in the Lord always” and encouraging them that, “The Lord is at hand, be anxious for nothing.” Did you realize that Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi included a ‘thank you’ note? He wrote this: “I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me. Regarding this, you did care, but you lacked opportunity… you did well having shared in my affliction…no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone… you sent aid once and again for my necessity.” (Philippians 4:14-17)
Poverty across the world has always been a problem. Jesus said it would be. (Matt. 26:11) But domestic violence, sex trafficking and child abuse, hunger and disease and the persecution and murder of Christians all across the globe are become more and more devastating by the day. Sometimes you could almost sink into despair if you let yourself think about it, right? It’s overwhelming. What can be done?? Revive your concern. Where Paul was in prison, you didn’t eat unless someone brought you food. You didn’t shower or use the bathroom in private. You were vulnerable to assault, beatings and worse. How did Paul stay in a position of unwavering faith and so powerful in his spirit that he was able to still exhort and help strengthen the early church as he sat in chains in a dungeon?? It was because the people of God didn’t let themselves forget about what he was going through and they reached out and met his need. Revive your concern.
With a global pandemic, riots and daily bad news, a fractured society, politics and everything else, it is easy to fall into a cycle where we work and work and work to sustain ourselves and the things that concern us, without realizing that much of the rest of the world doesn’t have the luxury of worrying. They’re too busy surviving.
Right now, the world needs you. Your prayers. Your money, offering, alms, monthly giving and financial partnership. Your gifts. Your time. Your donations. Whatever you have to give to those who are suffering- give, especially to those who are of the “household of faith”. There are groups of people, charitable organizations, and Christians giving and dedicating their lives to helping- and you can be part of that! Maybe your concern has faded in light of the trouble’s you’re facing, and that is understandable, but you must revive your concern. Maybe you can’t go, but you can give. Maybe you can’t pay, but you can pray. There is a way and someone “in chains” needs your help. Let’s revive our concern, people of God!
Thought for today
Paul wrote, “I do not speak because I have need, for I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. I know both how to face humble circumstances and how to have abundance. Everywhere and in all things I have learned the secret, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me.” But because of the church at Philippi he said he was, “…filled, having received the things which were sent from you, like a sweet fragrance, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God….” And the promise attached to that? “And my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:11-13, 18-19) Revive your concern.
Jesus said, “…Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and come to You?’ The King will answer, ‘Truly I say to you, as you have done it for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you have done it for Me.'” (Matthew 25:37-40)
Solomon wrote, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.” (Ecc. 11:1-2)
“Remember my chains!” Paul wrote in Colossians 4:18. You are God’s “Kingdom come” and His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“Who will go for us?” The Lord cried out. (Isaiah 6:8) “Here I am, Lord, send me!”
…and not you, then who? Revive your concern.
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