"'What should we do then?' the crowd asked. John answered, 'Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.'" (Luke 3:10-11)
Saying this, and even believing it, is easy to do. But to actually practice it can be difficult. Larry and his team have dedicated their lives to giving to those in need. Sometimes, though, it can become overwhelming. What do you do when you're over 14,000 feet in the Andes in the cold and you see children wearing tires for shoes, rags for clothes, and have no coats to keep them warm during the freezing nights? What do you do when a women is living in a broken down home but asks you to build a home for a poor mother of 4 instead of her because she thinks this mother needs a better home more than her? What do you do when you are sitting with a 24-year-old woman dying of cancer? What do you do?
This is what Larry and his team have been struggling through these past weeks. Seeing the poorest of the poor and being overwhelmed. Wanting to give and bless, but not having enough to give to everyone, and sometimes not having what they need. If you saw these things, what would you do? How would you react? For James tells us, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds?... Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?" (James 2:14-16) So, in these times, what do you do?
Larry and the team choose to turn to God. God asks, "Who do you say that I am?" Larry's response is this: "You are my strength. You are my love. You are what I think of when I go to bed, and you are what I think of when I wake in the morning. You are my passion, my peace, my joy, my blessings. You are my all. You are still my healer, my provider, my protector. You are my everything."
How do you respond when the Father asks you, "Who do you say that I am?" How do you react when God declares you must "share with the Lord's people who are in need?" (Romans 12:13) What do you do when God says "Give generously [to the poor] and do so without a grudging heart...There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded to your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land?" (Deuteronomy 15:10-11)
The team chooses to listen to God, turn to Him, and follow His commands. Even when it's hard, and we don't know exactly what we should do, we must do something. Larry and his team continue to serve even when they are overwhelmed. They pray, and they find a way to bring God and His blessings to the people in need. What will you do to answer God's call? What do you do when these opportunities come into your life?