Did you ever play the game Show and Tell when you were a kid? I think it’s a great example of how we should live the Christian life. Too often, as believers in Christ, we want to tell everybody about Jesus, but we don’t back it up by showing them what He’s like. It usually does more harm than good if we just tell people about Jesus and don't back up our words with actions. We need to show them God's love.
Being like Jesus means loving others. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and in verse 39, He says, And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself (AMPC).
I am very grateful that from the beginning of Joyce Meyer Ministries, God gave me the understanding that we always need to reach out to the poor. It’s something He put in my heart and He’s given us the grace and endless opportunities to do that.
We started in small, very simple ways, and as we did what we knew to do, over time our outreaches have increased in amazing ways. Today, we are able to invest millions of dollars into humanitarian works that also share the Gospel.
I love being able to help people by teaching the Word, but it’s also great when we can show God’s love by doing things like washing a child’s feet, putting shoes on them and telling them, “Jesus loves you and He’s going to take care of you.” You never know how something like that may impact a child. In their darkest moment, they may remember that and realize, “Jesus loves me and He gave me these shoes.” That’s the moment when God’s love is real to someone who has been hurting and hopeless.
The bottom line is, it’s almost useless to preach if you aren’t going to help love people in practical ways that meet their needs. It’s what Jesus did, and it’s what the Bible teaches. You really can’t separate the two.
I like to call sharing Christ and loving people—or show and tell—the power twins. Put them together in action and astounding things happen. The pages of this book are full of wonderful examples—things we have all been a part of together.
Acts 10:38 (AMPC) says that Jesus went about doing good. We follow His example by doing outreaches all over the globe, and God has done so many phenomenal things through them.
We’ve encountered so many people who don’t even know what it means to have a dream for their future…they have no idea what hope is. But as we’ve shared the love of Christ, we’ve shown them how to hope and dream.
There is a hidden group of people in a very remote part of the African nation of Tanzania. What God has done there is a beautiful illustration of this. Their needs were great, but not hidden from God. He has led us to them, and as we began to meet their physical needs, their hearts were opened to the Gospel. You will be thrilled to read about the joy you have brought them.
This is what makes life worth living. I’ve lived a lot of years and have discovered that we are never really happy when we’re only focused on ourselves. Real joy comes when we’re doing what we can to be a blessing to someone else—making their life better. And that’s when we’re really like Jesus!