ARE YOU EATING YOUR BREAD ALONE?

Having a great time in Albany, NY at Victory Christian Church this week! I brought two oldest daughters and the band along for evening worship concerts. We are working with Victory’s feeding program, a ministry that feeds 35,000 children every summer. I can’t tell you how powerful it is to see this program in action. Children run from every direction when “the lunch truck” shows up, and we get to demonstrate the love of God to them through the practical act of giving them food. One little boy came up to Gracie yesterday, hugged her and said, “I love you!”

There was another family of siblings that is led by an eight-year-old girl! She brought her little siblings to the lunch truck, and cared for them as a mother.

One of our favorite guys is “Bill” who drives one of the lunch trucks. He just received Christ a year and a half ago. He was hooked on crack and doing heroine, and God totally saved him! Now his high is serving the city and reaching people through the feeding program. He’ll commonly slam the brakes and screech the truck to a halt, yelling out the window toward a family on the sidewalk, “HEY!!! Does your kid want a lunch?”

One little girl jumped up and down with joy when she realized that she’d be able to eat lunch.

And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you, he shall not lose his reward.” (Matthew 10:42)

I’ve got to be honest with you. It can be very annoying to drive out of the poor neighborhoods into the affluent ones, and see rich women walking their dogs and carrying a cup of expensive coffee when just a mile away people are suffering so greatly. It’s hard not to be critical, but the ignorance seems damnable. There’s nothing wrong with money, I know, as I’m well aware that Jesus taught it was the love of money that’s the root of all evil. It’s the difference between you having money and things, and money and things having you. One sign that money and things have us is when we ignore the poor.

Job said, “If I have kept the poor from their desire, or caused the eye of the widow to fail, or eaten my bread alone and the orphan has not shared it…then let my shoulder fall from its socket and my arm be torn off at the elbow!” (Job 31:16,21)

Wow! That’s quite a request! Why so severe? What he’s really saying is that “if the instrument you gave me to serve others [my arm] is not serving others, then it’s useless! Tear it off!”

But Job had served the poor. He said he had “not eaten his bread alone.”

Have you eaten your bread alone?

The bottom line is, we’ve been blessed to be a blessing! One thing I’ve loved about Charlie Muller and his family (his 17-year-old daughter Cassie runs one of the feeding centers) is that they don’t just talk about reaching out. They live it, eat it, sleep it, and breathe it! (By the way, go to my Facebook page and vote for Charlie to win $30,000 in the “Sears Unsung Heroes” contest and help him reach the inner city in Albany!!!)

Of course, we remember the story Jesus told in Matthew 25, where he condemns “the goats” for ignoring the poor, the sick, and the prisoner. Then the judge sends the goats to hell by revealing the secret, “What you’ve done unto the least of these little ones, you did it unto Me!”

I think a lot of Christians, going to church Sunday after Sunday in their nice clothes and driving away in their nice cars, singing pretty songs about Jesus in Sunday services, fail to understand that they are in reality completely ignoring Him. He actually lives just a few miles down the road. You know…in the place they won’t walk their doggy or buy their coffee.

Let’s not eat our bread alone.

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