Only about two minutes ago, my daughter-in-law texted that she and our son have named their newly adopted son Xander Theodore Emerson. What a blessing he will be to our family. We have waited for years for this to happen! The birth mother named him Xander, and our son and wife named him Theodore which means a "gift from God" which he definitely is! Well, I had already decided to write this blog entry about giving, so let's talk about giving for a couple of minutes.
For God gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should have eternal life, (John 3:16). I'm glad God is a faithful giver. And He gave Jesus to us that we might "have life, and have it more abundantly," (John 10:10b, KJV). So God has set an example for each of us on giving. We should live our lives to serve the Lord in such a way as to give that the lives of others may be enriched with the knowledge of the truth that they may also have abundantly filled lives.
But our gifts should be enhanced with the gifts of food, labor, the Bible, and other things that might touch the lives of the unfortunate. Most of us in the USA don't really have a clue about what it is to be in need. Our county has historically had more than enough resources to feed, house, and clothes ourselves and most of the world. Why do you think our Father gave us these rich resources?
This week, why not find someone you can help? They are everywhere. People need the Lord, and they need tender loving care even if they don't seem to be tender and loving themselves. Many times people have been hammered so much by life that they are like a piece of iron themselves. But Jesus can tenderize them. Give them Jesus. But also, if you can, find some other way to help that they may know your love is more than just words- it is action as well!