If you are considering participating in the Isaiah Challenge, but don’t need to lose weight or stop smoking, I still want you to ask yourself what you can do. Those who are participating for a weight loss challenge are giving up extra’s such as soda and chips and giving the funds they would have spent at say, Sonic, and helping the needy. But many of you who have read about the Challenge don’t really have those little “addictions” that you need to give up. So, what can you do?
I had a mom tell me that she has switched her baby over to cloth diapers in order to save for her Isaiah Fund. Think of how much money a family spends on paper diapers. When my children were young it was about $12 per week . . .so on average about $50-60 a month. Perhaps that $50 can now buy a coat for a little boy who’s family cannot afford to buy one this winter. (May I also say that cloth diapers are a MAJOR hassle; so this is truly a sacrificial gift). Again I ask, what can you do?
Do you spend money out at the movies? For a family of five that’s about $30, not including snacks. What if you spent $5 at Hastings to rent a flick for home-viewing and then made some microwave pop-corn? Perhaps the $25 could help a single mom purchase milk, eggs, peanut-butter, banana’s, bread, etc; ensuring her children don’t go to bed hungry tonight.
My family usually does rent a few movies for the weekend. What if we went to the library to check out some freebies instead and then gave that weekly $5 to our Isaiah Fund? Could the $40 saved in the 60 day challenge pay to keep water on for an injured worker who can’t make bills for his family this month?
Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'