by: FCC Staff
If a king faithfully judges the poor, his throne will be established forever.
Generosity to the poor is a principal taught throughout the Bible. It begins in Leviticus 19:9-10 when the law of gleaning is introduced. “When you reap the harvest of your land you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner.”
We are to provide financially for the poor. Jesus shocked the crowd in the synagogue in Nazareth when he stood and read from the prophet Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor…” Luke 4:18. He then sat down and proclaimed, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” Luke 4:21. Part of the prophecy about Jesus included him preaching the Good News to the poor.
We are to be provide spiritually for the poor. James, the brother of Jesus, warned in the book by the same name, of favoring the rich over the poor. James 2:1-5 says, “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ while you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there,’ or, ‘Sit down at my feet,’ have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?”
We are to provide social justice for the poor. It is unlikely that any of us will ever sit on a throne and rule nations. It is, however, incumbent upon us as Christ followers, to provide financially, spiritually, and socially for the poor. The question for today is--are we doing that?
Prayer for today: Dear Heavenly Father, help us to be constantly aware of how we are treating the poor. Help us to use our resources to ensure that their physical needs are met, that the good news of your son is preached to them, and that we are, in all ways, treating the poor among us the same way we treat the more affluent. In your Son's name we pray. Amen.