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 economy. But unless you’re making less than four dollars a day, you’re making more than 90% of people in the world. 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 or Haiti. There are Ugandans or Haitians that say, “If I have to be homeless, and all I can do is drink water, then I might as well be homeless in America and drink good water. Here, I’m drinking water that’s killing me and my children.”
We have an opportunity to help. That’s why we’re so blessed! God looks at all of 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.” 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 His love in the act of 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.” It is so important to understand that! Jesus went to the people who 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 that? Because they were hungry! He said, “I am It. I am everything. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through me. I am the Truth, and the truth will set you free.”
If you’re going to turn your back on Him and you don’t care about the person who is 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 their face. Then you lay your head in bed at night and you say, “Man, I forgot to eat dinner and I didn’t even notice.” Why? Because you were feeding other people! You were not hungry yourself. Not one time. You didn’t need to be hungry. You were helping others who were hungry. You weren’t hungry because you were fulfilled.
Taking care of somebody else will fulfill your heart. And I think that is the greatest thing ever.