GIVE. It's a word that keeps echoing in my heart. Give generously. Give your time. Give your money. Give your heart. Give yourself. Give. Because perhaps that's the most Christlike thing you can do.
Christ gave everything, so that we may live. He sacrificed His place in Heaven to come to earth as a helpless baby. He sacrificed His life on the cross, freeing us from sin. He continues to give us far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. Yes, He gives and He gives and He gives, knowing that it's a risk to give so generously. Knowing that we could never repay Him. Knowing that we might never acknowledge His sacrifices. Knowing that we could reject Him. All because He loves us so much. For God so LOVED the world, He GAVE...
Choosing not to give is easy and comfortable. It's easy to preserve all of our time for "me time." To save our money for the things we want. To protect our hearts from pain. To stay away from those who might take advantage of our generosity.
I fear that as Christians, we often make a choice to withhold generosity. We often choose to turn our backs away from unbelievable suffering happening on the other side of the world. It's easier to ignore than to give.
"If the media only covers it for a minute, it must not be so bad," we justify to ourselves as a genocide unfolds in Syria. As people flee the city of Aleppo. As thousands of families are torn apart. As Syrian people share their final goodbyes on Twitter.
"I'll pray for them," we say, "God will take care of it." But what if God is not just calling us to pray, but to take action? What if our generosity is the answer to prayer that someone is waiting for?
Love is not a feeling. Love is an action. Love is a Person. And Love gives. In these days when it's so easy to ignore, when it's so easy to turn our backs on the suffering of others because it's not our own, may we take action and give.
Let us choose to be generous. Let us choose to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to be a small part of the answer to someone else's prayers. Here's are practical ways to be generous today:
- Financially support Preemptive Love Coalition, an organization feeding 20,000+ people a day in the countryside surrounding Aleppo.
- Financially support the White Helmets, a group of unarmed, neutral volunteers who deliver public services following air attacks.
- Sign Amnesty International's petition to the UN, demanding the safe evacuation of people from Aleppo.
- Stand in solidarity with refugees by signing the We Welcome Refugees petition. Because if we want to help, we need to give Syrians a place to go.