After thinking about God meeting our most basic of needs yesterday, the thought came "But how?" In the Old Testament he had prophets, kings, and even miracles which he used to supply the needs of people. In the New Testament, His own Son came to show the way and passed it on to disciples who went around serving. In Acts things began to change.
In Acts 2 God poured His Spirit out over the believers in Jesus. The Spirit then empowered them to go and take the Gospel to the whole world, and that work continues through today.
But what does that have to do with meeting basic needs?
James approached that subject in his book named after himself. James saw that in his time, just like today, words and well-wishes of faith did not equal works of faith. Listen:
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." (James 2:14-17)
James is saying our faith must be seen and not just heard, and meeting the most basic needs (food and clothing) of another can be a powerful way of showing the faith you have. It can be the doorway to sharing your faith and telling someone of the heavenly Father who loves them and wants to be their father.
And think about this, if you are cold or hungry or tired or sick, how ready are you to listen to someone telling you ANYTHING? Not me. I'm looking at the clock, fighting my drooping eyes, and desperately ignoring my growling stomach. Now, think of that person who is doing that but also worrying about their children's next meal, how they will pay bills, what they will do when winter hits, etc. Not necessarily ready to hear your wonderful story quite yet, are they?
Just like those first disciples, God has given us the task as Christians to take His Gospel to the whole world, but along with that He has made us His hands and feet to take His loving kindness to all. In the end it was His loving kindness that brought me to Him; the loving kindness shown me by parents, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, etc.
To whom will you be the hands and feet of God today?