09 Apr Rice & Beans Week 6: Sharing
“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:10-11)
We Give Because He Gave All
“What should we do then?”
This question comes up again and again in Luke as the good news is preached. When tax collectors asked it, they were told to collect only what was required. Soldiers were told to stop extorting money and accusing people falsely, and to be content with their pay. In this instance, the question comes from a crowd of people responding to John’s gospel message. He tells them to produce fruit in keeping with repentance, and to share what they have with those in need. Their lives must change now that they have turned to God and want to be baptized, and that change must benefit others. This question puts hands and feet to our faith.
The ways we use money and material possessions should be marked by the Father’s love in visible ways. God cares where our time, money, and resources go because it reveals the motives of our hearts. He desires to see his love being made perfect in us through his Son, Jesus. What greater way than by putting the needs of others before our own?
As followers of Jesus, we have also asked, “What should we do then?” and God invited us to set aside this time to eat simply, and share with the vulnerable.
As we transition back to eating our usual diet soon, it is a blessing to take that final step in the Rice & Beans journey and give our saved money. In my role in the Sponsorship Program, I have been told countless times by our partner ministries that they are deeply grateful for the impact of these funds on the kids they serve. As daily nourishment becomes more consistent for the kids, they are more able to fight sickness, to focus in school, and to help in their homes. This is possible because of people like you, whose hearts have been stirred by the gospel to ask, “What should we do?”
Katie Nelson, Sponsorship Director
Lahash International in Portland, Oregon
East Africa Connection
It is no exaggeration to say that lives have been saved through the donations made by participants in this experience. For children with HIV, adequate nutrition is vital so that they can take their medication and stay physically strong. You can see these precious kids in “More Than A Meal” and “A Special Nutrition Program” at eatriceandbeans.com/video.
Passion Week: April 10-15
This week we remember the final days leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross. Let our giving be a response of gratitude for the greatest sacrifice of all.
Reflect on the daily reading, closing with the prayer below
Monday: Deuteronomy 15:7-11
Tuesday: Proverbs 11:24-26 and 22:9
Wednesday: Matthew 10:7-8
Thursday: Mark 12:41-44
Friday: II Corinthians 9:6-9
Saturday: I Timothy 6:17-19
God, your gifts to us are impossible to count. We are made in the image of a generous Giver, and through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have received the incomparable gifts of life and eternal communion with you. May all our small gifts reflect your great love. Amen.