Deuteronomy 15:11 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.
Everyday we see people in need, many times passing them by without a second thought. We go along with our busy lives, never stopping to lend a hand to someone that has been facing tough times. We may justify it, saying “They’ve done something to get themselves in that position”. We may seek to make ourselves feel better by pointing out that there is always something and someone and we can’t help them all.
It may very well be that the person in need is reaping some of the consequences of their own actions, but one finds very little justification in the Bible for not helping someone because it’s their own fault that they are where they’re at in life. We’re called to love, not to love only those who have not made mistakes that led to poverty or need.
It also may be true that there will always be someone in need and we can’t help all of them with the limited resources we’ve been given in our own lives. But again, one could search all through the Bible and find very little instruction to give only if you can give to everyone. In fact, the scriptures point out that there will always be poor people in the land. Yet that is the very basis for the command (“Therefore I command you…”) to give and to help.
Love the poor. Help the needy. You never know, it just may be Jesus that you’ve assisted.
Further reading: Matthew 25:31-46
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The whole world? Then the end will come? It’s God’s desire that everyone would turn to Him and be saved. He doesn’t want anyone on this earth to perish and to be without Him for eternity while they suffer in hell. But He leaves the choice to us. But before anyone can receive or reject the Gospel, they have to hear it.
There are still people on this planet who have never heard the Good News of Jesus Christ. They don’t know that there is a way to God through the forgiveness of their sins. They don’t know there’s atonement, propitiation, imputation, or any of that other theological stuff. They’re in the dark spiritually. And we have to reach them.
We’re given the Great Commission because God’s calling if for us to reach out to the entire world. We have to tell every man, woman and child, every language group and tribe, about the message of Jesus the Messiah. They have to know and we have to reach them.
Pray. Pray that the people groups we’ve never encountered will be found and that missionaries will be sent into the population. Pray that languages will be translated quickly and that Bibles will be printed for the message to be taught. Pray that supplies will be plentiful and that the workers will be many. Pray for them and pray that we reach them. For the glory of God.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
It’s time to go. It’s time to get up. It’s time to follow the command of Jesus to go into all the nations and reach people for Him. Does this sound like a tough challenge? It’s God’s mission for every disciple.
The command to go should not be as intimidating as we sometimes make it out to be. We fear God will call us to serve in a distant land like Africa or that we’ll face danger. We might. But we also might be needed as missionaries to our communities in our homeland. Going does not necessarily mean leaving.
Some have had limitations placed on them physically or otherwise that keep them from being mobile. Then send. If you can’t go yourself into the nations, then send others who will do the work of the harvest. Senders are just as needed as goers (Romans 10:15). So send!
Whether going or sending, we should have no fear. God has made this our purpose and He won’t let us go out alone. He will be with us all along the way (Matthew 28:20). Anything we face is for the sake of the cause, for the name of Jesus to be made famous throughout the world. For the salvation of many.
Will you go?