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My Little Lunch

I wish I were an artist.  Here’s what I would draw:  A close-up of a boy shyly holding out a small basket, offering it to Jesus, who reaches out to receive it with a twinkle in His eye and a smile on his face.  He says, “Sonny, thank you for giving me your lunch.  But just wait till you see what I do with it!”   Later, he runs home shouting, “Mom, you know that lunch you sent with me?  You’ll never believe….!”

This reminds me of our granddaughter Emmeline who went home to heaven three months ago.  Late last year, she responded to a challenge:  What would you do if you received $50 and would seek to multiply it as Jesus did with the loaves and the fish? Emmeline responded with an essay saying that she would buy materials to make cards (which she loved to do), sell them, and send the money to a missionary family in need. She was then chosen as one to receive the money. In the next couple of months she had doubled her investment. 

Em w money loaves & fishes

As her health deteriorated and she was unable to keep up making all the cards, people from all over the world learned about her project and began sending money– usually one dollar bills, and a few 5s , 10s, and 20s and an occasional check—to put into her “Loaves and Fishes” fund.  By the time Emmeline was in the arms of Jesus, the fund had grown to $9,000.  She was just a conduit of God’s grace.  Those who gave and those who received were privileged and blessed. 

Yesterday I read through a bulletin which mentioned many different things God’s people are doing/offering around the world.  Any one of these might seem so inadequate compared to the great needs, but each one is an important part of one beautiful tapestry God is weaving now that we’ll see someday.

So today I give my little lunch, my loaves and fishes, as I answer some e-mails, make reports, mentor someone, help a neighbor…  I have no idea how God will use these things.  That will be seen in heaven.

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

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My Service and Its Effects

In 2 Corinthians I found three acts of service that have explicit results listed which benefit both people and God:

1:11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Service:  Praying for those taking the gospel.

Result #1:  God answers those prayers.

Result #2:  God will be thanked, especially by those who prayed and those who receive the gospel.

4:13-15 But we continue to preach …And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

Service:  Going to take God’s grace to people.

Result #1:  People will overflow with thanksgiving to God.

Result #2:  God will be greatly glorified.

9:11b-13 And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem* will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.

Service:  Giving to God’s people.

Result #1:  Their needs of our brothers & sisters will be met.

Result #2:  The recipients will thank and glorify God.

Result #3:  Our obedience to God will be evident.

After I did this study, I did a double take when I realized that the three acts of service happened to be the well-known “Pray, Give, Go” formula—only in a different order.  It’s kinda neat when things like this come out inductively rather than setting out first to “prove” something!

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