Daily Read – Leviticus 16:29-18:30; Mark 7:24-8:10; Psalm 41:1-13; Proverbs 10:15-16
Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive,
And he will be blessed on the earth;
You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness;
You will sustain him on his sickbed.
The Word of God has much to say regarding the poor and needy giving believers specific instruction on this subject. The Lord takes the plight of the poor very seriously and they are very close to His heart.
Within the first three verses of Psalms 41, you discover tremendous blessings awaiting those who reach out and touch those in need. Too many times however, Christians look at hunger and homelessness as an insurmountable problem. As a result, they do nothing thinking their contribution would be too small or insignificant to make a difference.
This is a diabolical lie and couldn't be further from the truth. The enemy knows and understands the power of numbers. Granted, one person cannot conquer homelessness and hunger by themselves, but joining the efforts of many can bring tremendous transformative changes to a neighborhood, school, or even an entire city.
The Lord multiplies our contribution no matter how small or insignificant it appears. Remember the boy's lunch that Jesus blessed? It multiplied feeding thousands of people. One step of obedience is all it takes for the windows of heaven to open and pour out uncontainable blessings.
Mother Teresa wrote the following to encourage all to reach out and touch those in need. May it inspire each of us to present our "lunch"
to the Lord, expecting Him to multiply it to touch those in our world.
I never look at the masses as my responsibility,
I look at the individual.
I can only love one person at a time...
I can only feed one person at a time....
Just one, one, one.
You get closer to Christ by
coming closer to each other.
As Jesus said,
"Whatever you do to the least of my brethren,
you do to me."
So, you begin......I begin.
I picked up one person -
Maybe if I hadn't picked up that one person
I wouldn't have picked up 42,000.
The whole work is only a drop in the ocean,
but If I didn't put the drop in,
the ocean would be one drop less.
Same thing for you
Same thing in your family
Same thing in the church where you go
just begin...one, one, one.