Good morning friends! I hope your Monday wasn’t too painful and I pray your Tuesday is terrific! I want to share a little something with you this morning. You may or may not know this, and I’m not trying to upset you this morning, but I do need to tell you something:
This world is hurting.
“Whoa. Maggie, you just blew my mind…I had no idea.”
Okay, I can do without your sarcasm. However, this is a true statement. Maybe truer than ever before. We are in September of 2017 and England has suffered through five terrorist attacks this year; Texas is tattered; Florida is floundering; small islands in the Caribbean are just…gone; and Jose is quickly making his way toward us. Y’all, this is out of control like never before!
On top of all these new things we’ve got to deal with, can I remind you of something? 3.1 million children under the age of 5 still die each year from lack of food. 844 million people still don’t have access to clean water. 44,193 people still die each year by suicide.
I know that you didn’t come here this morning to get a lecture. I also am fully aware that you didn’t come here to become…so depressed that you don’t want to leave the house. But I want to tell you why I felt like I should write about this morning. It came on because of Galatians 2, my ESV study Bible, and a man named Paul.
In Galatians 2, Paul is writing about himself to get the Galatians a basic understanding of a few things. First, Paul’s message is approved (vs. 2-3). He is telling them that he has spent time in Jerusalem with the pillars of the church (Peter, John, and Jesus’ brother James). Secondly, he takes the time to tell them that Peter not only approved his message but also encouraged him to continue to help the poor (vs. 10).
The ESV study Bible shares an important comment in the footnote on verse 10. It is something that, as Christians, we cannot afford to overlook. Are you ready for it? Because it is going to be uncomfortable and it is going to be something we do not want to hear. Ready?
“Genuine Gospel preaching must be accompanied by meeting physical needs.”
Do you understand how the Gospel of Grace (which we learned was “simply” a gift of “God’s favor to undeserving sinners”) remains unproved unless it comes to us on the legs of workers and doers? An undeserved, unseeable gift is seen in the undeserved gift of help in times of need.
I’ve been listening to “World Changers” by Matthew West for most of this post. I just switched over to his song “Do Something“. Y’all…we gotta do something!!! And I am not saying that God “sent hurricanes” or any of that insanity, but do you realize what an opportunity we have right now?!? There are so many ways and opportunities for us to put actions to the Gospel right now! We have so many chances now and in the coming days for true Gospel preaching to be lived out by “meeting physical needs”.
That is really all I have to say about that. However, I am going to post some links below to places and ways and organizations for you to meet physical needs through. I’ll add to this as I can. If we want to live lives that preach the Gospel, we have to live lives that show the Gospel! So let’s get on with it and start to really…
Love each other.