When you help the poor you are lending to the Lord–and he pays wonderful interest on your loan! Prov. 19:17
What is the purpose of the church and the poor? Well consider this, helping the poor is mentioned about 2000 times in the Bible. I would say it is pretty important. You see when we begin to walk with God we start to take on his traits such as, love, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion for others. With that compassion, we must act and do all that we can to help those in need.
1 John 3:17 But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him?
We live in an age of self. Everything that everyone does is surrounded by self. This kind of thinking has spread into the church. It seems more and more messages are designed to help one’s self and one’s issues rather than going to help others. Well, how do you help others when you are the one needing help? Honestly you can’t. But, a walk with God is intended to keep us moving forward not in a circle. Eventually many of us will walk out of issues and be in a place to help others. Do we continue to work on ourselves? Of course, we will work on ourselves until we are with the Lord forever. Harsh reality is that many Christians have never done anything to help the poor.
“A walk with God is intended to keep us moving forward not in a circle”
Did you know that 21,000 people will die today because of starvation? Many more deaths of children will happen because of unclean water. After the Haiti earthquake over 7,000 children were taken and put into sex trafficking. (by all means look it up)
After hearing just some of the stats how do you feel? What is your heart speaking to you? I know some of you are thinking, what can I even do? What we do is start with just one. Did you know there are enough churches in the united states alone that could wipe out a lot of poverty in developing world while also helping here in America at the same time.
The average American Christian gives only 1 penny a day to global missions. (Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions, 142)
Now I have seen that penny do some amazing things. But could you imagine how much poverty we could end if more churches got involved in mission work. It pains me to see missionaries must come back to the states and spend months begging for money so that they can live out their mission.
The world can be changed. People’s lives can be saved not only in this life and the next one to come. We must obey the words of Jesus. He was very clear, he said GO!
The beautiful thing today is that churches and Christians do not have to recreate the wheel in helping the poor. There are amazing organizations to partner with that are already doing wonderful things. What we do need is a proper attitude in our own lives. We need to ask ourselves is the lifestyle that we are living necessary? Are we spending money on things we really don’t need? Could we use that money to help a family or orphans or even widows get out of a horrible situation?
There is a church in Ohio that I got the chance to visit and speak at. They put their money together and adopted children from all over the world and put them in loving homes from people in the church. It is an amazing ministry, good families that could not afford adoption are getting the chance because the people in this church (maybe 100 members) come together and give so these orphans will have a chance in a magnificent home. That is all God is asking, just get involved. The world is waiting.
Prov. 21:13 He who shuts his ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in his own time of need.
Pastor Jay Scutt
Jay is currently a pastor at Awaken Church in central Florida, and he travels all over the world leading mission trips. From the Dominican Republic, to Haiti, Cambodia, and other parts of the world, he makes a difference every year. If you would like to learn more about Jay’s adventures or even join him on a mission trip, check out his book “Leaving the grapes behind” or just follow him on Instagram (@jayscutt), Twitter (@JayScutt316) or Facebook (Jay Scutt).
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