For Nothing in Return

BY HALEY BLANCHARD

Over spring break, I went on a mission trip to Jamaica. The beautiful thing about trips like these is that the Lord always gives me way more than I could ever possibly give to anyone else. I think this is such evidence of His kindness.

The first day we got there, we visited an infirmary. It was absolutely heart breaking. The infirmary was filled with sick and forgotten elderly. The conditions were terrible. The women were all gathered in one room filled with cots. Most of them were just lying on their cots, unable to move. I even remember one women having mosquitos flying around her face, but she was unable to swat them away.

My heart broke for these people.

I noticed that a lot of my friends were beginning to gather around one woman that was singing. It was truly beautiful — watching her sing praises to Christ in the middle of her suffering. As she was singing, I was surprised to hear Jesus whisper that He wanted me to look away from these women. I looked behind me and noticed a woman quietly watching the crowd of people gather around her friend.

I went over to her and shortly after greeting her realized that she was unable to speak. I wondered why the Lord had called me to come talk to her if she couldn’t even respond to me?

He whispered, “Give to those who have nothing to give you in return.”

Wow, I was taken aback and quite honestly convicted. Because that is exactly what Jesus did for us. He gave the ultimate gift when He died on the Cross so that the world might have access to the Father. He gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit. He did all this knowing that He would die for people who would never recognize Him as their savior and would never give Him the glory He deserves.

This shows the immeasurable depths of His love.

Luke 6:34-35 says this, “And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

When Jesus calls us to love others who can give us nothing in return, He is giving us the gift of showing humanity a glimpse of His heart for us.

As I sat and read Bible stories with this lady, I was reminded of all the times Jesus had sat with me, comforting and loving me when I was in no state to give Him anything in return.

This is why I am so passionate about the mission of Simple Charity. To give and to love the global poor, knowing that there is nothing to be received in return. It is simple. It is beautiful.

If you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit to partner with God in loving the poor or the unlovable, do it. Every time. It will bless your soul and will bless the Father’s heart as well.

“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.” — Psalm 112:5

 

Haley Blanchard

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication | Public Relations

Alpha Omicron Pi

University of Georgia 2020