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Called to Share

Read 1 John 3:16-24

But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won't help him - how can God's love be within him? Little children, let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions. 1 John 3: 17-18 (TLB)

Michael Kimmel lives in Texas. He works at a locally owned lumber and hardware company that has several stores across Central Texas. One common occurrence in the company is a stock transfer wherein one store sends some of its merchandise to another store that needs it. This action reminds Michael how God calls us to care for one another.

God knows that we need food, clothing, and shelter to live, and our Creator provides these things (see Matthew 6:31-33). God answers prayers through us and calls us to share what we have with others in need (see Deut. 15:11). When we answer God's call to give to others, we demonstrate that our faith is not dead and that God answers the prayers of those in need (see James 2:15-17).

Every time Michael is asked to assemble a transfer for another store, he is reminded of how God works to meet needs. When God calls Michael to share his wealth, possessions, or time with another person, he witnesses God answering prayers. Not only does his giving bless others, but it changes his heart to better understand God's love. In giving, Michael also receives. In giving, he serves the Lord (see Matthew 25:40).

Prayer: Dear God, help us to see the needs of those around us. Empower us to give with humility and generosity. May we grow to be more like you in the process, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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