But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:39)
After our Feed the Hunger event, I sat in my room and I thanked God.
In the Book of Acts we read about all these efforts to kill the Christians off. In Chapter 5, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, who the Bible tells us was an honored teacher, advised the Sanhedrin not to kill the Apostles. He said, “Hey, if this is not of God it’s going to go away. Things not of God will leave. They perish. They don’t work. But if it is of God, then you cannot stop it. You can do whatever you want, but you will not stop it.”
I think that’s what our young people are saying too. I think it’s what they said by working so hard to package meals for hours on a Saturday afternoon. They are saying, “We love our neighbors like Jesus did, and you’re not going to stop us.” And there’s no reason they should be stopped. What they are doing is a fulfillment of true love. It’s unconditional.
Those kids did not know one person that was getting fed. I mean, you don’t know who these people are! And yet they loved them enough to put their meal kits together. That’s unconditional love. And when you love someone just to love them, there’s no greater love than that. That’s the love of Jesus. That’s why it’s so important.
Some kids told me, “If we could do this for a living, we would.” It took my breath away! That is just an amazing, amazing deal.
We want to take these kids to the next level. We’re not trying to get them to commit to doing this for a living. Our message is, “Do what you’re gifted to do for a living, so that you can do these things as well.” To put it another way, we want to encourage these kids to become successful by using their God-given gifts. That way, they can use that success to serve the least among us. We tell them, “Become successful so you can continue to help build orphanages. Become successful so you can help dig water wells. Become successful so you can help rescue kids from trafficking. Become successful so you can sponsor these meals to help people who are hurting.”
And I guarantee they lay in bed that night and said, “I feel good about myself.” I guarantee you some kids who came that day said, “For the first time in my life, I feel good about myself and what I did. I can sleep soundly tonight and know that I didn’t cause any pain and frustration. I didn’t mess up.” I’m sure some of those kids get told all the time how much they mess up. Well that day, they didn’t mess up. That day, they were fulfilling the dreams of other people. That day, they thought about people who feel like they mess up, and took care of them.
These kids have figured it out. Whether they believe in Jesus or not, they’ve figured it out. Their souls are satisfied.