It is easy to lose heart when there is so much work to be done in our world: so many to lead to Jesus and so many to help out of poverty. We can look at the situation and ask ourselves “What good can we actually do?” But in any of these moments, there is encouragement just around the corner.
Whenever I hear a story of someone in poverty truly being helped—meaning someone working with them to help them move towards sustainable living—I am joyous. It resonates and reverberates in my heart. I believe this is the case because it is a sign of God at work; it’s a reminder to me that he is turning over the evil, disorder, and pain in our world and replacing it with goodness and love.
I want you to think on this feeling and this idea when you consider helping people in need. Imagine what life is like for them. Consider the difference it makes when someone shows them love and the joy it brings. Place yourself for a moment in their position and picture how different you would feel after someone acted in accordance with God’s will to bring you love, goodness, and a sustainable livelihood.
But perhaps there is another way for you to visualize this. Think back upon a situation that made you feel helpless and distraught. Remember how you eventually made your way out of it. Recall the people who loved you in those dark moments and walked with you as you moved forward.
It’s this kind of hope that Jesus’ Economy desires to bring to the world. It’s this kind of shift in thinking and living—from sadness to joy, from despair to opportunity—that we desire to bring to the lives of others. We believe that Jesus can offer hope when there seems to be none to be found. We believe that Jesus has order and love to offer, and we want to make sure that others know that, feel that, and live in that.
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