Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Isaiah 55:1 (NIV)
And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)
Food and water are very important to human beings and all living things. Without food and water, nothing would live. In Africa today, many nations are faced with food and water crises because of poor economies, droughts, wars, etc. We need people and organizations who can help to meet these challenges.
We are all invited to come and take the provisions that the grace of God has provided for poor souls in the new covenant. This is available through the preaching of the gospel. Salvation is a gift through Jesus Christ our Savior. We will starve spiritually if we do not feed on the bread of life who is Jesus Christ our Savior.
We cannot be saved by deeds of service without faith in Christ, but our faith lacks sincerity if it doesn’t reach out to others. God says He wants our service to go beyond our own personal growth to acts of kindness, charity, justice and generosity – to provide food for those who lack it, to break bread for the hungry. We must deny ourselves something so that we may have something to give those who are need of it. (See Ephesians 4:28.) This is the true fast – to share your food with the hungry.
This is the second in the “End Hunger and Achieve Food and Water Security” series of blog posts on our Journey to Palpable Kingdom Presence and is prepared by Pastor Alick Kalonga, CEO of our Zambian partner, CEMFIN.