Serve The Poor… “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” Deuteronomy 15:11
However, those with abundance are tempted to judge the poor. They want to remind them that their position of disadvantage is because of poor choices. This may or may not be true, but they do not need sermonizing. What they need is their needs met. When we give bread to a growling stomach, we earn the right to offer the “Bread of Life” to their lean soul. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life” (John 6:47-48). Food is a friendly facilitator of conversations about Christ.
So what are some ways we can be openhanded toward the poor? Intentionality is a key to effectively reaching out to the poor. Be intentional to schedule time with them. Perhaps you engage in an after school reading program or sports activities. Your time is golden, so give some of your gold away by blocking off time to hang out with poor children.
When you wipe the nose of a child who lacks proper medicine, or, more importantly, offer the love and security of a father, you become their friend and mentor. When you talk with a single mom who is weepy because of the physical and mental abuse she has received, you become angry and you are compelled to get her out by educating her with other options.
When a teenager is unable to have a well balanced diet because his parents have spent the family’s food money to buy drugs, your heart bleeds for them. These are the poor among you. We are insulated in our bubble of prosperity while the poor struggle in despair. Jesus walked among the poor, do I? What can I do to serve just one who is poor? “Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:10).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
January 18, 2020
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January 17, 2020
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January 16, 2020
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