Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
─ Proverbs 14:21 ESV
God frequently emphasizes in His Word the importance of how we respond to the poor and needy. Why? Our response to those with equal or greater wealth than our own often reflects our hope to get something from them. But the poor can give us nothing. And for that reason, our response to them demonstrates the truth within our own hearts.
While God commands us to give generously to them and to speak up on the behalf of those less fortunate, we offer excuses. I don’t know where to start. I don’t have time. I have nothing to give. They deserve it. I have my own problems/needs. It’s a scam. The money won’t go to the purpose I intended …
What if, instead of making excuses, we looked for ways to help? Look to make a small, subtle difference.
- Does your church have programs to help the needy?
- Could you volunteer and give your time in some way?
- Is there a group working together to make a difference that you could join?
You have something to give, even if it’s just a word of encouragement or a prayer. Approach those in need with love and an open hand.
Today’s One Thing
Ask the Lord who He would have you bless today, and how. Watch for opportunities throughout your day to touch the life of someone in need, and when the door opens, give with an open hand in whatever way the Lord impresses upon you.