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Reaching the poor

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

Serve God

A disciple

Mark 25:44-45 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

It sounds like it should go without saying, but a disciple serves God.  Why does this even need to be mentioned?  Shouldn’t all Christians by default be servants of God?  Well, yes, but the reality is that many who are saved are not servants.  Many are more interested in being served than in serving.  But that’s not the example Jesus gave us.

Jesus came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45).  If anyone ever deserved to be treated like royalty, never having to lift a finger, it was Jesus.  The God Man could have had a throne and a kingdom right here on earth.  But instead He spent His time here serving others, even to the point of giving His own life.  This is our example, not one of entitlement and expectation, but of humility and hard work.

We may get so caught up in living life that we think we have no time to serve God, but the truth is we can be honoring Him in all that we do, even at work or at school.  We can serve any and all people around us, even in simple ways, and this is indirectly serving our Lord.  But loving others, we show love to the One who made them.  And we point them to Him in the process.