Thank God for Food

Food line at NCCC
On Tuesday, NCCC gave away 300 turkeys to the needy. That went along with hundreds of bags of food from the local food bank. The line went around the building from both directions (see cell phone pic left).

When was the last time you REALLY thanked God for your food? I know many Christians do it with each meal. But, I mean…when you really thought about what a blessing it is to not have to wonder where your next meal will come from or whether you can feed your children healthy food because of money?

Honestly, it had been a while for me. For that, I owe the Lord an apology. I'm thankful for NCCC and it's servant heart–though I'm biased :). I'm thankful for Christians all over the world who labor to make sure that people can eat.

Just a moment ago, a man and a woman came by the office. He said he hadn't eaten in 24 hours, and her face was swollen with a tooth infection. She couldn't talk. He said she had been a given a prescription that they couldn't fill because they didn't have the money. Now her mouth was terribly infected…so much so that she couldn't talk or eat.

We were able to help them, and it reminded me again to thank God for food. Let's all thank God for food through our actions on behalf of the poor. Let us thank God…

"who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord!

—Psalm 146:7-10

NT Food Bank

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “Thank God for Food

  1. Tim,
    Right on man! It is so encouraging to see the hearts of the people at NCCC move them to action. Your questions are challenging to our comfortable lifestyles. Thanks for the stirring thoughts. Thanks for not closing your doors to those really in need. It is awesome to see a Church full of leadership that is not afraid to pour their time, funds, and energy into helping hurting people instead of bigger screens, louder lights, and better power-points. I’m looking forward to getting to know you more as D.J. and I work closely in youth ministry.
    Rock on!

  2. Britney, thanks for the comment. I don’t know that I’ve met any Christian who has nothing but contempt for the poor. I do think some Christians are awkward around the poor…and others may be lacking in compassion…and others are suspicious of the poor because, perhaps, they’ve been taken advantage of before. However, none of these are adequate reasons to neglect the poor. Thanks again for the comment.

  3. Some 16% of Americans are currently hungry at least some of the time, and Jesus commanded us to take care of the least among us.
    And yet so many so-called “Christians” have nothing but contempt for the poor. Why is that?