Why is there hunger? Why would God create a world in which people are hungry?
There’s hunger in the world because there’s sin in the world. God created the world to be filled with Him and His goodness. The fullness of God was here, in the Garden of Eden. The fullness of God was there, in Adam and Eve. They weren’t in need of anything. But they made a choice. Adam made a choice.
So we allowed sin. We took out the fullness of Christ. And we make choices every day that are wrong, that bring more and more sin into the world. We bring that upon ourselves.
Now we need Ambassadors of Christ. We need the Christians, the newborn believers. We need the people that say, “I am now an Ambassador of Christ. I live as best I can. I live to represent Him. So what do I need to do?”
We need people like that, the ones that are already rolling up their sleeves as they are being reborn. The ones that say, “What do I need to do?”
We’ve got to redeem where things are lost. We’ve got to help as much as we can.
Aid and assistance is working in Somalia. Two days ago, the United Nations reported that over 2.2 million Somalis have received food aid. But over 2 million more are still in urgent need, and they are facing a new crisis. Vulnerability created by malnutrition, particularly among children, has now placed them at risk for malaria. We’ve got to help as much as we can.
We need to bring them the Good News. Most of those kids don’t understand God, nor do they care about Him. They’re just trying to figure out how to live. They’re saying, “I have to figure out how to eat today. I have figure out how to drink today. I’m dying.”
They’re also saying, “I don’t have time to sit there and do the Four Spiritual Laws with you. I don’t have time to go through and hear you preach the Good News. I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to get my food.”
Well, if we can help feed their hunger by giving them something to eat, then we’ve brought them the Good News. Bringing food and water to them is part of Jesus. That’s part of the Gospel of God.
Why are we asked to do this in the first place? I don’t know! God could do it. In one snap of His fingers He could say, “You know what? I’m going to relieve hunger everywhere that it’s going to prosper. There will now be food everywhere.” He could do it if He wanted to. But God is sovereign. His ways are not my ways.
Here’s what I do know: what better way to show a relational love than by helping someone in need? There is no better way, because you have to be selfless to do that. And I think that’s part of what we’re called to do, and that’s why we have to do it.
Can we fulfill the world’s hunger? I don’t know. But we’re never called to stop trying.
Our model is Jesus, and He was truly selfless. More on that next time! See you Friday.