Centuries ago Isaiah envisioned a world where the wolf and the lamb would lie together and “a little child will lead them.” Children often radiate with the image of God through their innocence, openness and trust. Last Sunday I was amazed and encouraged by the example of our children.
Two weeks ago I had challenged our children with the World Hunger Challenge. Our mission committee entrusted $20 into the hands of our children with the challenge to take the money and make it grow for the sake of hungry children across Texas and around the world.
Over the course of the next two weeks our children with the guidance and helping hands of their parents multiplied the money entrusted to them into hundreds of dollars to feed the hungry. The children came up with creative ideas that included lemonade stands on the square, bake sales at Wal-mart, a spaghetti dinner at Calvary Baptist Church, a movie night in the backyard, a raffle, and a cookout in the front yard. Just like the little boy who gave his five loaves and two fish to Jesus for the starving multitude. These children put their all into Jesus’ hands and he multiplied their gifts into hundreds of dollars. At the end of the week, we collected $12,701.00 for the Texas Baptist Offering for World Hunger.
In closing Jesus told the story of the King who will divide the sheep from the goats. To those on his right, he said
“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…”Matt 25:34-35 (NIV)
To his amazement the righteous replied, “When did we see you hungry?” And the King replied,
‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:40 (NIV)
Giving like this comes from the heart…a heart at peace with God.