Blessed is the one who considers the poor! —Psalm 41:1

There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land. —Deuteronomy 15:11

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. —Proverbs 14:31

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” —Matthew 19:21

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. —II Corinthians 9:6-11

They only asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. —Galatians 2:10

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? —James 2:5

            How am I “considering the poor?” How am I being “open handed” toward the poor? How am I being kind to the need? How am I “giving” to the poor? How am I “freely scattering gifts to the poor?” How am I “remembering the poor”? How am I helping “those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?”   Yes, I have to ask myself these questions.

            God’s Word is very clear that those who are able are to help the poor. This is not going to alleviate poverty because Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want” (Mark 14:7). But we can help as the Lord desires us to.

  • I could help with food and clothes
  • I could help with providing clean water
  • I could help with medical care
  • I could help with education
  • I could help with housing
  • I could help with rescuing from oppressors
  • I could help with adoptions
  • I could help with the gospel

            We who have material and gospel resources surely are called to help the poor of this world. How are we or will we do so? We have so much: food & clothes, clean water, medical care, education, housing, free of oppression, a family, THE GOSPEL! What kind of stewards are we being? We will give account to Jesus one day (Matthew 25:14-46; II Corinthians 5:10).

Dear Father please show me the group or groups I am to support that help the poor. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.   May it be so!

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