Are You Kind to the Poor?

Scripture: Proverbs 19:17, ‘He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.’

 

Observations: God’s concern for the poor is consistent throughout Scripture, and we find it in the Book of Proverbs as well. In fact, kindness to the poor is seen in terms of serving the Lord. When we give to the poor we are lending to the Lord. That term ‘lending’ is deliberate. While we don’t lend to the poor, because they are unable to pay us back, God promises to repay, or reward, us. The word translated ‘reward’ can also mean fulfilled, and in a sense the reward we receive is a sense of fulfilment, that we have served the Lord and completed the work that he has for us. Jesus said, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. (Mt 25:40)’ And earlier he says, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! (Mt 25:21)’ When we serve others we serve Jesus, and our reward is his commendation.

 

Application: How are you kind to the poor? How are you using the wealth that you have to bless people in need? As a church we provide many opportunities to do this. You could support our GOSPEL Worker in India, Javan. You could give to our World Development and Relief causes throughout the year. You could support our diaconate, or the four aids orphans we support through Help a Child, or our mission in the Solomon’s etc. Or you can find opportunities right here in our neighbourhood i.e. in Goodna - Footprints in the Park on Friday nights, or the Salvation Army Community dinner on Thursday nights. I encourage you to show your kindness to the poor in practical ways.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You were kind to me when I was spiritually bankrupt. You gave me Your only Son, Jesus Christ, and through Your generosity I have received every spiritual blessing. Lord, help me to show that same kindness to those in need, whether that’s spiritual need or any other need. Lord, help me to see that in serving the poor I am in fact serving You. Help me to be generous just as You are so generous to me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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