In the wake of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes worldwide, cries for help are before us every day. When faced with such tremendous needs, it is easy to get overwhelmed!
A hungry world calls to me
Its hands outstretched in misery
Eyes of pain pierce me through
But what can I do
The need’s so great but I’m so small
What I could give wouldn’t help at all
I’m so young, I can’t see
How God could use me.
What can we do? What should we do? What difference can we possibly make?
Despite our intent, these are the wrong questions. We should be asking “What is God asking us to do?”
It is NOT about how much we can or should give, monetarily or otherwise. It IS about obedience. We should be laying our resources before our Lord and asking, “What do you want me to do or give?” When he makes that clear, we should obediently respond… even if it is more than we think we can afford.
Consider Jesus in the temple, watching people give their offerings. He honored the widow who gave two pennies over those who were giving much more. She was giving everything she had.
What are the “two cents” God is asking of us right now?
This is a “no comparison” and “no judgement” kind of thing. We are responsible for what God is asking of us, and only us. He may ask for more, or less, from someone else; that is within his will. When the apostle Peter asked Jesus how his future compared to the apostle John’s, Jesus responded: “What is that to you? You follow me.”
As you consider the needs of the kingdom, or the needs of those impacted by catastrophes, get on your knees with us and ask God what we should do. He’s pretty good at multiplying our “five loaves and two fish!”