Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Godly Giving to the Poor

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Give to the Lord and the poor.

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”
Proverbs 19:17

He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.”
Proverbs 28:27

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”
Matthew 25:44-45

When you give to the poor, you are lending to the Lord.  The Lord says He will be the one to repay you.  You won’t lose out in giving to the poor.  It is part of your financial commission.  It’s not God’s will for anyone to be poor, and it’s part of your job to help them.  If people are hungry and have nothing to eat, feed them.  Part of the reason God wants you prosperous is so you can help others.

If you feed and clothe someone, you’re doing it to Jesus.  You’re not only doing His ministry, but you’re also ministering to Jesus Himself.  If you’re prosperous and you ignore the cries of the poor, then you’re ignoring the cries of Jesus.  I’d hate to be in the shoes of a wealthy Christian who doesn’t give to the poor or only gives a measly 1% to the poor.  If you don’t feed the poor, then you’re not feeding Jesus.

If you feed and take care of the poor, then God says He will repay you. Give to them out of love, but remember that God will always take care of those who take care of the poor.  Everything God has is yours, and you’ll never lose out by giving to the poor.  That’s His ministry.  You’re doing the Father’s business by helping them.

Use wisdom in your giving.  Help people get back on their feet.  Help the widows and the fatherless especially (James 1:27).  Help those who really need your help.  Don’t be naive though.  There are some people who could be working and aren’t, and there are some who waste all their money on things they don’t need.  You can still help them.  For people who aren’t working when they are able, give them a job to do.  Have them sweep the floor or do the yard.  Then give them what they need (II Thessalonians 3:10).

Your end goal in helping people is to get them back to productivity themselves.  Give them a hand-up instead of just a hand-out.  If someone is constantly having financial problems, give them a copy of this book.  Offer to help them figure out a budget.  Ask God how you can help them best.  Be careful not to judge people.  You don’t know their situations or what may be causing their problems.  You are there to be a friend to those in need and to help them, not to judge them.

About Terry Dean
I've been in full-time business online since 1996. I've been an ordained minister since 1993. Yes, business and ministry are my passions. I also love God, my wife Julie, my two dogs, the outdoors, and video games.

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