I don’t know whether you participate in the shopping madness of the Christmas holiday or like to eat lots of good food in celebration of Jesus’ birth. But as we near the end of 2009, I invite you to consider these words of Jesus with me:
Here Jesus promises a reward to the one who gives a little gift to a little person. I don’t think Jesus is talking about wandering around in stores looking for the latest technology and gadgets for those who already have much more than they need.
The promise is to those who see real needs and meet them in the name of Jesus. Feed a hungry child as unto the Lord. Encourage a despairing soul as unto the Lord. Visit a lonely mother in jail as unto the Lord. Disciple a young believer in prison as unto the Lord. Jesus assures rewards for small deeds to small people—the poor, the young, the weak, the failures.
The story of the poor widow who gave her last coin to God (Mark 12) is an example of how Jesus values those gifts. She was in a line of many rich givers, but Jesus said this woman put in more than all those who gave their extra money.
In all your giving, what will you give to Jesus? I hope you will choose to give many gifts to Him throughout this coming year.
We see an urgent need to publish Loaves & Fishes at least four times per year. For the last couple years, we have only been able to publish one issue a year because of lack of finances.
We are looking for 350 partners who are willing to give $1/day. If donations would increase by this amount, we think we could publish Loaves & Fishes four times per year.