We may not always be aware of it, but generosity is changing the world every day. Even the smallest gesture has the power to bring light into darkness and transform lives for eternity.
The way we celebrate this holiday season seems even more significant with the amount of suffering we see across the globe today — sharing the hope of Christ has never been more critical.
So how can we go beyond our ordinary holiday traditions and reveal God’s love this year?
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:19
By choosing to meet the physical needs of an individual, a family, or even an entire community, you are reflecting God’s character as a faithful provider. The men and women confined to poverty-stricken lives plead daily for God’s help and provision in the midst of scarcity and suffering.
Right now, a mother is praying for medicine for her sick child … a father is in turmoil over whether his family will have anything to eat … a young girl is begging for a life outside of the sex industry.
Surely, God hears these cries. And this Christmas, you can join Him in the work He is already doing as a faithful Provider.
2) Careful attention
“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” — Genesis 16:13
We do not have a Heavenly Father who is distant, but one who sees and knows our every need … right down to the smallest details of our lives. World Help Gifts are strategically designed to meet specific needs of communities and individuals in order to maximize impact.
Whether you choose to give food to a family through the gift of livestock, lifesaving aid for a vulnerable refugee, or provide the uniform that makes a child’s education possible, your gift will be used to meet a unique need.
Your generosity will reflect the love of God.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” — 2 Corinthians 1:3
All true comfort comes from God, but He often chooses His children to carry it out. This is at the heart of what it means to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus — to be the comfort God longs to provide in the midst of pain and suffering.
Offering relief to those who are hurting creates a window into the heart of our Heavenly Father and a glimpse into the comfort of eternity. God longs to draw near to the brokenhearted … and you can be evidence of that.
So how can our actions reveal God’s character this Christmas?
By choosing to give in a way that will last for eternity.
Meeting immediate, physical needs lays the groundwork for the Gospel to take root in unreached communities worldwide. When you provide for the needs of a hurting community, you are building trust and breaking down barriers to the transformative love of Christ.
With every need you meet this Christmas, you are changing lives and reaching the nations with the message of eternal hope.