By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
1 John 3:16-17 (ESV)
We can read verses like that, or we can choose to live verses like that. And so it is that I’m writing this from an airport in the Middle East, awaiting the last leg of my flight to Iraq in a few hours. We have brothers & sisters in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, often with nothing but the shirts on their back because of their faith. Many have been slaughtered for refusing to denounce Jesus.
Meanwhile, God has blessed American Christians with a wealth of resources. We mistakenly think God has blessed us so that we can live out our lives in safety and comfort (that’s how we like to define the “peace” God promises us). But even as God blessed Abraham and his offspring to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen 28:14), God gives us our blessings so that we can pass them on to others. However, it seems God has a supply chain problem: He manufactures the blessings and gives them to us to distribute, but we consume them for ourselves instead of passing them on.
Not everyone has the opportunity to go to Iraq (or other places where people are in need). Not everyone has financial resources to give. But everyone can pray, everyone can care, everyone can look for opportunities to meet needs in Jesus’ Name. As you intentionally seek to be used by God to meet needs, you’ll find no shortage of opportunities.
Take inventory of the blessings you’ve received and consider whether you’re part of God’s supply chain problem or are using those blessings for God’s glory by passing them on to others.