We did not choose to be born in America. We could have been born in Uganda or Haiti. Imagine that! I respect that I was born in America.
But we weren’t born here because we’re lucky. We were born here because we are blessed.
We are blessed to be born in a country where we have freedom and prosperity. We are blessed to have the opportunities that freedom and prosperity make possible. I know some people think we’re not prosperous. We hear a lot of concern about the economic crisis. But unless you’re making less than four dollars a day, you’re making more than 90% of people in the world.
We’re in economic crisis and they’re fighting to get here! Even if you’re homeless in America, you’ll find water that’s better than what they’re drinking in parts of Uganda! Maybe there are Ugandans or Haitians that say, “If I have to be homeless and all I can do is drink water, I might as well be homeless in America and drink good water, rather than drink water that’s causing me to die.”
So we have an opportunity to help. That’s why we’re so blessed. I think that God looks at all His children and says, “Those of you in this part of the world are doing very, very well. But there’s a part of Me over here that is not.” And when you don’t help out, you’re basically turning your back. You’re saying, “You know what? I’ve got my own thing to do.” You’re becoming selfish. And selfishness is not of God.
Essentially, everybody has a broken spirit. Whether you are the richest man in the world or not, you still need the love of Jesus. You still need to be saved. You still need to have the blood of Jesus on your life. And when you share the love that is shared in feeding someone who is hungry, you have done the act of Jesus. That’s where Jesus says, “You have not only fed me, you have been me.” And I think that is so important to understand.
Jesus went to the people that were hungry. He took a couple of loaves and a few fish and He fed five thousand people who were hungry. Why did He do it? Because they were hungry!
He said, “I am It. I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one gets to the Father except through me. I am Truth, and truth shall set you free.” And if you’re going to turn your back on Him, and you don’t care about the person that’s hungry, then your mind’s not in the right spot. You’re actually doing the exact opposite of what’s going to fulfill you.
Selfishness is very shallow. Pridefulness is very shallow. Making sure that you are taken care of is actually a shallow life. But when you feed somebody else, you have created joy and a smile on somebody else’s face. Then you lay your head in bed that night, and you can say, “Man, I forgot to eat dinner.” Why? Because when you were feeding other people, you were not hungry. Not one time. You were fulfilled. You weren’t hungry because you didn’t need to be hungry. You were helping others who were hungry.
Taking care of somebody else will satisfy your soul. And I think that is the greatest thing ever.
If you want to help right now, you can help us send something to eat to starving families in Ethiopia. Or you can check out any one of other partners. I’ll tell you more about them next time. See you Tuesday.