Is. 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Several years ago a pastor of a large church came to hang out at Feed the Multitudes. After being there for a while he turned to me and asked, “aren’t you selling anything?”. When I told him “no” there was a giant question mark on his face. “You are missing a great opportunity” was the unspoken response written all over him.
Actually we were not missing an opportunity, we were embracing the greatest of opportunities. You see we spend much of our life seeking a profit so that we can pursue our necessities as well as our dreams. There is actually another version of life found in the words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. The word “blessed” is the key to our happiness as well as our prosperity. This is the Bible word makarios. It means fully satisfied, happy, and implies divine favor. Blessed is what we are looking for, blessed is what we are when we touch someone else with the love of God.
While the preacher was looking at the missed “opportunity” to make a buck he failed to see the true blessedness all around. He missed the homeless guy getting a free haircut for his upcoming job interview, he didn’t see the struggling single mom blessed as she gave the poor child new shoes. He also missed the forgotten elderly man enjoying his barbecue chicken, jambalaya and gospel music. It was also easy to overlook the smiling children from the housing developments eating their fill of watermelon and cake and as many snowballs as their heart desired. Yeah there is more to life than just making a buck, there is life all around us if we can really see.
It’s not just Feed the Multitudes that provides an opportunity for us to reach out to hurting people. They are around all of us everyday. They might be at the next desk at work or behind the counter at the grocery store. That person may be hidden behind a smile or just hidden behind their closed up door. Don’t make the mistake of the preacher and miss all of the opportunities to get blessed. Happiness comes in different packages, it really is more blessed to give than to receive.