Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Generosity Matters

Thinking “poor” is difficult for most of us. We have so much more than we need that it is difficult to understand what it is like to go without. For many, however, the distance between a healthy meal and pangs of hunger is quite a distance. Many of us have never had to go without a meal much less the essentials of life.
Most of us have invested some “thing” in those who represented themselves as poor only to find out that we have been “tricked.” Some say they will never give again because they were tricked.

There are times when I find myself “guarded” when people come to my office with a need for some “thing.” It might be for money to pay the gas or electric bill, or milk to nourish a baby or money for a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. Often when I find myself questioning their motives I ask myself: “Who am I to be their judge?”

Later on in Proverbs we will come across a verse that says, “For God made both the rich and the poor.” So, my response to those in need is an indication of how I would respond to Jesus Himself if He came to me with a need.

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus said, “What you did to the least of these brothers of mine, you did it unto me.” If we fail to respond with compassion to those in need how can we expect God to hear us when we have needs?

When we see someone in need let us never forget that God brought that one into our lives to help them. It’s not our choice. It’s our obligation to do whatever we can.

Prayer:  Lord, give us hearts that are sensitive to the needs of others. May we bless their lives as You have ours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

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