Helping the Poor
Your gifts and prayers are an offering.
Many of God’s people are influenced by the wealth they see, not by the poverty they do not see. Americans living in poverty have access to resources and services that much of the world cannot imagine. I’ve walked among the ultra-poor in slums across the world. Although considered the “least” of these, they’re precious in God’s sight. Stewarding funds to help the poor and ultra-poor is dear to the heart of God. Jesus said, “… whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Are you known for helping the poor and needy? The book of Acts records the names of two people known for their generosity. In chapter 9, Peter was urged to come at once to Joppa. A disciple named Tabitha (or Dorcas in Greek) became ill and died. She was known for always doing good and helping the poor. Widows grieved her passing, for she had made clothes for them. Peter performed a miracle that brought her back to life. In Chapter 10 we read of a centurion named Cornelius who gave generously to those in need. One day he saw an angel of God who said, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.” (Acts 10:4) Have you ever thought of your gifts and prayers as an offering? Proverbs 19:17 says, “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
I invite you to join us at Crown’s 2023 Reunion. You’ll learn how you can help the least of these. We plan to gather October 12-15 at Ridgecrest Conference Center near beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. For details and registration, go to crown.org/reunion2023.