Humanitarian or Christian?

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need. –Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)

Like me, do you enjoy watching reality TV shows that have a “feel good” approach? I am not big on watching TV, but I must say the times I do sit in front of the TV are usually spent watching something that has a humanitarian theme. That seems to take precedence in my heart over chick flicks. My new favorite one since the inception of Extreme Makeover Home Edition is Secret Millionaire. It’s no wonder why my family would rather not watch it with me….with all the wow and thank you Jesus remarks I make. It’s more than I can bear to sit quietly through it.

Even though I know a humanitarian can be a Christian, it prompts me to wonder if someone peering in at my life can see the difference. Do my actions actually show that I do good works out of my love relationship with Christ and for the sake of advancing His kingdom? As I look into the eyes of the people in the show, I see the same passion in their eyes that I feel I display when I am passionately serving Christ. Is there any possible way someone will know why I do what I do, unless I tell them?

I firmly believe that Christ’s actions on earth would have radiated the truth about why He did the things He did, even if He never spoke a word. I decided to turn to my Instruction Book for Life to do some investigative work. As I opened it to the Book of Acts, I was definitely enlightened. There it was….it was obvious that their actions spoke for themselves. They did not put “me and mine” labels on their possessions. They shared based on the need of the entire community. I have come to the conclusion, if people are going to see who I serve, simply by my actions, I am going to have to take some advice from the people who walked with and talked to Jesus. A mere 10% is the minimum I should be giving. After all, even the Secret Millionaire gives 10% as he awards someone with $100,000.

Prayer

Lord, I thank You for leaving us with Words to live by. Speak to us individually as to what You would like us to give so that people will know we are Christians, even if we never speak a word.

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