GIF Helping the Least
“He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
(Proverbs 19:17 NIV)
Helping the Least
by Chuck Bentley
Many of God’s people are surrounded by so much wealth that they tend to compare themselves to the wealth they see, not the poverty they do not see.
In America, one of the world’s most prosperous nations, even people considered to be in “poverty” have access to resources and services that much of the world cannot imagine.
Throughout the world there are 2.6 billion people classified as “Poor” who live on $2 per day. And, there are 1.2 billion “Ultra-Poor” who live on $1 per day.
Together, these two groups account for almost 4 billion among a world population of about 7 billion.
Although these people are among the least in the world, they are precious in God’s sight. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).
Helping these people does not require a major investment. For them, a little goes a long way. Support organizations that render aid but also teach stewardship principles and introduce the Gospel. This will meet their needs—not only now but for all of eternity.
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