Proverbs 22:9 – A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. (NIV)
We have a Fellowship Team at our church, which has sometimes jovially been called "the Ministry of Parties" because of all the social events that the team organizes. To some people, it may appear that way, but I know the work of the people involved. They don't organize parties — they strengthen the church through caring for others.
Many of the ministries that the Fellowship Team fulfills are immensely beneficial to the whole congregation, but one that constantly impresses me is when the team provides food and support for those of our church or community who are grieving, ill, or going through hard times. The care that is expressed through calls, cards, and meals is a wonderful example of generous giving and gracious living. The love that is outpoured to those in need is something that the recipients never forget. It's truly being the Church in the world and is one of the best ways of witnessing to Christ.
Perhaps there are people in our readers' churches or neighbourhoods, at work or school, who need a word of encouragement, a helping hand, a hand-written card, or a simple meal. Let's look for the opportunities that God sends our way to be generous with our food, our fellowship, and our faith. If we respond positively, it will make a tremendous difference in our own lives, as well as in the lives of others.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You came into the world to heal the broken, comfort the lost, and support the weak. Each week, You grant us opportunities to apply our faith in generous ways that will help those in need. Grant us the courage to fulfill those moments of potential blessing with our faith, gifts, and support. In Your holy name, we gratefully pray. Amen.