Fields of Gold Devotional
Day 2: October 15 by Patrick Shrum
“How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?” -1 John 3:17
I have a friend who is a Mason and I was curious about what he does. Upon talking with him, he shared that they go to schools and give out toothbrushes, lunches, and other supplies children do not have access to. It was then that I learned that half of the elementary schools in Plano ISD are Title I schools. This means these schools provide breakfast, lunch, and sometimes, dinner to low-income students. Think about that. These aren’t schools in Dallas or Fort Worth, these are our schools in our own backyard.
I know there are some like myself who will hear this statistic and be surprised, while others will feel pity and others will feel anger. Some people will hear that statistic and feel nothing. I know it sounds maddening that there are people who simply feel nothing. No anger, no sympathy, no willingness to help those that have a need. The love of God is supposed to be in every person that calls Jesus Messiah. John wrote, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?”
As a church, we tend to say we will be better. That is a great start, but to truly show the love of God is to listen to John’s next verse. “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” John is calling us to be people of action, not just of words. Saying we will tithe and be better stewards of God’s gifts is easy, but action is still required. At Custer Road, we help people know the love of Jesus through our ministries and outreach. Your giving is what helps us provide these services to our Custer Road family and community. It is my hope that you will be the person of action that God wants you to be. You will show that the love of God is in your heart and that you are a Christian in actions, not just words.
God, thank you for all that you have entrusted me with. Help me recognize the people who are in need. Please fill my heart with your love and drive me to be a Christian of action and not of just words. Please guide me in my decisions so that others may know your love, whether that is listening, tithing, feeding those that are hungry or singing a song of praise. I trust you with everything, Lord. I pray this in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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