“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)
Our church has a ministry called Share the Bounty. We partner with a local school to collect food to give to those who don’t have much. Proteins like peanut butter, beans, and meats. Carbohydrates like fresh fruit, breads, and rice. We have people who collect boxes to pack the food in. Then, we have a night of packing and days of distributing. This year we gave out 60 boxes of food for those in need.
We believe this is pleasing to God because Scripture tells us so. This is a corporate action (the whole church), but individual people come pack, donate food, find boxes, and give money.
Our focal verse does not limit “doing good” to the financial aspect of our Share the Bounty project. If we take some time to really think about it, each of us can come up with a number of ways we can “do good” this year.
Can we spend time with a friend who needs us… our time, our prayers, and yes, maybe our money?
Can we spend time finding ways to help someone in need? Maybe building a home with Habitat for Humanity. Maybe spending time at a food pantry. Maybe participating in a food packing event.
Can we spend time sharing the Gospel? Teammates need to hear about Jesus.
Can we spend time teaching from the Scriptures? Maybe you can lead a small group. Maybe you can spend time with a friend who needs to be mentored. Remember Jesus told his followers to make Disciples. Disciples need to be taught. Are you that teacher?
Question: What can you do in 2020 to “not neglect to do good and to share what you have?”
Challenge: Be intentional this year about finding ways to serve God outside of going to church and giving your offerings.
Prayer: Father, thank you for the ways to serve you. Jesus taught us that “he who would be a leader, must first be a servant.” Help us to look for ways to serve and then act on them. Amen.
Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays