It is becoming more and more difficult for us (as Americans) to slow down long enough and take our eyes off of our own circumstances, to see how we can help others. I know so many kind and generous people that aren’t purposefully ignoring the needs of others and would love to help. Most just don’t really know where to start or who they can trust. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any less of a commandment from God. He gives us all that we have so we are equipped to give back and be there for those in need.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:33-34
When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48
12 Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. 13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. 14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” Luke 14:12-14
Here are some sites and suggestions of ways you might be able to help (Please comment with more suggestions, and I will get them added):
- https://beyonduganda.org/ – this is a ministry dedicated to serving and empowering widows and orphans in Uganda. I have gone on two mission trips with this group and can guarantee they are legit and doing some amazing work for the Lord and for people. There are several ways you can get involved. Anywhere from sponsoring children, donating farm animals or sewing machines, to going on a mission trip yourself.
- Become an ACTIVE member of your church. I hope that you are already regularly attending a local church, but becoming involved, serving, and ministering alongside fellow believers can be very encouraging and a great source of accountability. Churches are always looking for people willing to serve as teachers, praise and worship leaders, activity leaders or volunteers, etc. Your church probably also has access to a list of people in your community who are in need.
- Lead a small group (either at your church or in your home). I have honestly seen more people surrender their lives to the Lord and completely change after attending a small group study. And before you even think it…YES YOU CAN do it. Do not let Satan tell you, you can’t. People in this world need you, your experiences, and your perspective. God has made each of us uniquely qualified!
- Begin mentoring someone younger than you that you can tell could use some guidance and a positive influence. I know this can be stressful, but the Bible never said it would be easy; quite the opposite.
- Become a foster parent or someone who relieves foster parents occasionally. Now I know this isn’t for everyone, but there is a HUGE need for people willing to take these kids in and give them the kind of love and structure they need.
- Go on a mission trip!! Please understand, you don’t have to cross the sea to be a missionary, you just have to see the cross. You can go on a mission trip in your own state. I PROMISE there is a way you can serve. I like to give out “blessing bags” to the homeless. Or sometimes I will just sit and talk with them. You have a mission field in your back yard. If you think you would like to travel, there are so many opportunities in different regions of the world. Ask your local pastor or use our friend, the Google monster to help you out.
- Financially support someone going on a trip. When I go to Uganda, I have to fundraise in order to go. People that aren’t able to physically go, walk alongside me spiritually by financially giving to make the trip possible.
- And just to break it down simply:
- Share the Gospel (Again, YES YOU CAN)
- Pray fervently and frequently
- Worship with other believers (not just at church)
- Love one another (especially those we would generally deem unlovable)
- Help each other grow in Christ
- Commit to making disciples and living the life Christ meant for us, no matter the cost.