When we combine the teachings from Matthew 25:35 and James 2:14-17, clearly the actions of our faith are to include taking care of the needs of others. In Matthew 25 we read that the Son of Man will come and make a separation setting some on the right and the others on the left. Those on the right side are those who, when they see the hungry and thirsty do something about it.
The Bible teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. The Bible also adds in the book of James that if our faith is not accompanied by action, then our faith is useless or even considered dead.
Simply put, we are to care for the needs of others. My motivation for riding in Bike Out Hunger is to do just that. First, to care for the needs of those who are hungry in our state. We may not see them or even be aware that they are there but there are many around us who do not have meals to eat everyday. I know in my own community that the majority of meals offered to some children are done so through the school system. I am thankful that we take up an offering to assist in the recognition and resource of feeding the hungry in our state.
Second, we are to care for the spiritual needs of those in our state. Yes, there are many who in Texas do not call Jesus Lord, nor walk in His ways. For some to hear the gospel of Christ there needs to be a silencing of the groans in their stomach. When they know we care about them as individuals totally, physically and spiritually, hopefully they will trust the message we share.
Third, I feel God has called us all to take care of ourselves for as long as we can with Godʼs help to make a difference in our world. As I ride my bike for exercise, I do so with the hope of maintaining a strong Christian witness for as long as God grants. As I prepare for Bike Out Hunger I do so with the combined thoughts of others and self. Everyone gets benefit when we do for others as we do for self.
I am grateful for Texas Baptists and their commitment to meet the needs of individuals and families in our state. I am blessed to be a part of such a group as we combine our efforts and God given passions to affect the Kingdom of God. I am looking forward to riding for others and prayerfully the opportunity many will have to share food physically as we prepare to share the spiritual food that will not only change their lives but their eternal destinations as well.
To be an ambassador for the relief of hunger seems to go hand in hand with the call to serve as an ambassador to be used for Godʼs glory in reconciling the world to Himself.
By John Wheat, Pastor at First Baptist Church in Kennedy.