Remember The Poor
Are you making financial plans this year? Did you remember the poor?
It’s easy to get so consumed with planning for our own needs that we forget others, but God wants us to serve the hurting, the weak and those who need hope and encouragement. That means getting out of our comfort zone and letting go of money we’d prefer to spend on ourselves.
The first generation church set an example for us when they sold their assets and surrendered the proceeds to meet the needs of other believers. The question is whether we will be doers of the Word instead of hearers only.
I witnessed the joy of women in Rwanda being able to buy their first mattress. They had carefully stewarded earnings from their farms. Before that, they slept on dirt floors, but someone taught these women how to farm and to manage their money. Now that person gave their time AND money, and it blessed both the receiver and the giver.
Millions of people across the globe have needs greater than ours. You may not have to leave your neighborhood to find one. Ask God to open your eyes to the needs around you. Then, ask Him for a heart of compassion.
Begin by giving to your church. Support your local radio station. Then, set aside a portion of your income for benevolence. I know a group of women who shared the cost of helping a neighbor pay for her much needed home repairs.
There will always be needs around us. God expects us to help those who are doing the best they can with what they have. When what they have is insufficient to meet their needs, believers should step in and help.
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