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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Where to Begin?

By Scott Harrup
July 21, 2013

Famine, disease, war and natural disasters fill headlines and ratchet up massive body counts seemingly every day. It’s easy to retreat into apathy or offer only surface sympathy. After all, we tell ourselves, we can’t make a meaningful difference. These problems are as old as humanity, and will likely continue until Christ returns.

But God doesn’t think that way, and doesn’t want us to either. God is committed to rescuing humanity; His actions on our behalf fill Scripture and come to their fullest expression in Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ life and ministry, we discover how God wants each of us to engage those in need around us.

There is perhaps no better example of Christ’s approach to human need than in the Gospels’ record of His feeding the multitudes. The feeding of the 5,000 is Jesus’ only miracle included in all four narratives by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. That has always stood out to me as a clear literary reminder of the priority the poor and hungry have in God’s sight.

Reading of the events on that day, I’m struck by several details. First, Jesus did not supernaturally distribute the food. Yes, the fish and loaves were divinely multiplied, but it was the disciples who handed them out.

Which confronts me with a second point. The disciples could only serve one person at a time. They came face to face with hungry people individually and gave away what Jesus had first given to each of them.

Nothing has changed in that simple equation.

Today, look at what Jesus has placed in your hands, then let the Holy Spirit guide you in sharing those resources. Leave it up to the Lord to continue providing you with what you need in order to obey Him day by day.

As you develop a lifestyle of God-directed generosity, you will discover inspiring partners in that journey. This issue of the Pentecostal Evangel focuses on Convoy of Hope and may very well point you to one such partner.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor



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