THE GREATEST FAMINE: Scarcity That Kills
Ice is melting in the Arctic Circle, wars and rumors of war permeate the nightly news, ISIS-sponsored persecution has broken out against Christians, and dead Syrian children are being washed ashore. National economies are shutting down, anthems of sexual perversion in the airwaves are pushing up, and monuments devoted to the worship of Satan are being erected in public squares. We are living in perilous times indeed but these menaces are not even the worst the world has ever seen. The Lord says:
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.” Amos 8:11,12
We’re living in the midst of the greatest famine this world has ever seen. The famine that is ravishing the world does not come from the scarcity of food, clothing, shelter, and education. The greatest famine this world has ever seen comes from the scarcity of hearing the word of God. This famine does not come out of the obvious, and in the same way, the greatest obstacle in solving the greatest famine does not come from the obvious as well. The greatest obstacle in solving the scarcity of hearing the word of God lies in the heart and minds of the people who form the church of Christ.
The world is decaying before our very eyes and we, the church of Jesus Christ, are watching the end of days in oblivion nursing fat bellies, pampering undernourished minds, and filling up hollow hearts with the placebo thrills of noon-time television.
Now is not the time to be silent, to be sluggish, and to slumber. What the world needs now is something more than a short-term mission trip and a strobe light induced emotional high. What the world needs now and is so desperate for is the rising up of the children of God (Rom. 8:20-23). The world is in dire need of faithful witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ who are not transient spectators but who are in it for the long haul. Now is the time for the Church to shape up in her thinking, to strategize concrete plans of action, and simplify our approach in reaching the dying world.
Kingdom thinking is the nucleus of kingdom ministry. Jesus says,
“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
The church is called to partake in a global effort of reaching the lost, but this does not mean that ministry should be extravagant and grandiose. Simple, intentional, and heartfelt acts of kindness merits great leaps in the advancement of the Kingdom of God. It may not be much, but a young boy’s lunch in the Lord’s hands is more than enough to feed five thousand starving men.
There are simple ways to offer people Jesus’ “cup of cold water,” we only have to ask the Holy Spirit to awaken our creativity and give us ideas on how to share His love to others. Here are some ideas: (1) when you go to a food chain, buy a meal to give to a homeless kid, (2) when riding a cab, strike a conversation with the cabbie and pray for him, (3) journal your walk with the Lord and let one of your friends read an entry, (4) invite a missionary or a church worker out for coffee and encourage him, (5) when you pray, along with your requests, also ask God if He’s calling you out into the mission field.
“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1
The Lord Jesus is calling all to come to Himself and partake of His living water. He has blessed, equipped, and empowered his church to spread this grand invitation to all who are suffering. May we not be so stingy in dispensing the message of God’s grace. May the Church, by the grace of God, be a part of the solution to the greatest famine this world has ever seen.
Writer’s Bio: Rollyvic Tira is a graceaholic Jesus-junkie with an acute co-dependency with the Holy Spirit. He is a pastor, a social worker, and a devourer of mangoes.