John the Baptist preached repentance from sins in preparation of the coming of Jesus Christ. He warned the people, “Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” (Luke 3:9-11 ESV)
Sharing our excess with those who have nothing. Caring for others. Being generous. Good fruit. This is how God uses believer to be the answer to prayer for those who have nothing. But we must be listening and watching for where God wants to use us to be a blessing to others.
John goes on to tell the tax collectors not to take more than what is owed and to the soldiers not to extort money from others but to be content with their wages. Do what is right. Don’t harm others, don’t overstep the bounds of your position out of greed. Be content with what you have. Bear good fruit.
God has good works for you to do today. Be willing and ready. Bear good fruit.
Be watchful for those opportunities to hold open a door for someone else, to let someone go ahead of you in line, to be a blessing where there is need, to live below your means so that you may be generous to others. Be content with what you have.
Lord thank You for the reminder that what I have is enough. Thank You for showing me that I have enough to share with those who have nothing. Help me to be generous and to see the opportunities for good works that You give me each day. Help me to speak boldly for You in all that I do. I love You Lord Jesus. Amen.
Share with him who has none. Be encouraged. Press on.