Today is #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving which is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Following a day of thanks, and two days of getting, the initiative seeks to spread love, kindness, and generosity through a designated day of giving.
If there’s anyone who should be using today’s #GivingTuesday trending hashtag as a mission field, it’s Christians.
As followers of Christ, we are commanded by God to help those in need.
Proverbs 19:17 – Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
James 1:27 – Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Matthew 25:35-40 – For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
John 3:17 – For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
What better way to provide for the needy, care for the poor, feed the hungry or simply just love our neighbor than by leveraging the day that is designated for generosity?