Recently I went to a concert where there was an opportunity to give to a child’s fund that helps support kids overseas who are in need. This is a great ministry and really helps spread the love of Christ. After talking to one of the sponsors, I was intrigued by something. He explained to me the difference between a one-time gift and a monthly donation. He said that folks could give a one-time gift and help a child, but that would be the end of it. Yet, if they were to give a monthly gift, it would be a continuous stream of help to that child.
This got me thinking. It is so much easier to show love as a onetime thing than to do so on a constant basis. I can put up with that crazy uncle once a year at Christmas but having to put up and love him every day would be so much harder (that’s why you always want to live at least 3 hours away from said Crazy uncle).
Jude reminds us here of this when he prays that love, mercy, and peace not simply be upon us, but that they be multiplied to us. In other words, not a onetime thing. (Clarification needed: I am not saying a onetime gift is bad. The point is that a one time love that does and then forgets is not how we are called to love. God wants us to invest our lives in others. Clarification over.)
Ok, so let’s put this in real life. Do you love God as a one-time thing? Do you love others as a one-time thing? Do you help in a one-time way or do you invest your life into that of another? Is your love a one hit wonder or are you multiplying it?
1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,
To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:
2 Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.