Verse of the day
He who gives to the poor will not lack, but he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
There is a picture I love so much. A young girl in tattered clothes and no shoes has her head bowed in tears and seeming gratitude as an older man hands her his footwear. This is an act of love expressed in giving. While this mental image is heart-warming, there is another image that transcends this – arms wide open nailed to the cross as the Lord Jesus Christ gives His life to redeem us from death. This is love expressed in giving.
As God’s children, we are daily called unto Giving. We are to give our time, money, food, clothes, and ourselves in the service of others.
The poor abound everywhere around us. Anyone in need needs your ministration. Yes, this will cost us but can we actually place a price on the joy another person enjoys because you and I did something right? I think not.
Hoarding our resources would never make us rich. In blessing others, we grow. In blessing others, we are in turn blessed by God in a running-over measure. But does this mean that we should give with the expectation of receiving from man? No. Or are we meant to give with the intent of gratifying ourselves? No. When we do these, it becomes service unto self and this isn’t divine.
It is very important to know that our Father isn’t pleased with those who look away from those who are in need. He didn’t look away from us when we were yet in sin and sent His son, Jesus, as an atonement for our sins. Just as Christ has done this for us, it is also imperative that we tend to our brethren in need. We don’t need to be told expressly to help someone in need especially when it is the right thing to do – the bible refers to the refusal to do this as sin.
Every act of kindness to the poor is done unto God and Jesus keeps account of these. Don’t be caught napping. Let your giving be borne out of love because it is all unto God.
Bible References: Luke 6:38, James 4:17, Proverbs 19:17 Matthew 25:35-40
Father, help me to give freely in Jesus Name, Amen.
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