Pounds For the Poor

Often I feel the needs of others are so large that I am paralysed to do anything

Proverbs 19:1-29

Reference: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Proverbs‬ ‭19:17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I don’t go into the city very often, but whenever I do I’m confronted by the number of homeless people begging on the streets. While this issue may be in my face when I’m in the city I mustn’t forget that no matter where I am there are people in need.

It’s so easy to stay in our own safe, little world, with friends and colleagues who are of similar social circles, and ignore the plight of those in need. Often I feel the needs of others are so large that I am paralysed to do anything at all.

Application: To be honest, often I hesitate to help those I know as I feel they have not been good stewards with what they have. And there are numerous times where my generosity has been squandered and not appreciated.

But that is when I am reminded that I do not do these things just for the person in need, but I give to a God who gave me everything first. When you worship a God who is so generous He gave His very own Son for our benefit, it’s hard to justify holding firmly to a couple of dollars or a few hours of our time.

From reading Proverbs 19:17 I have been challenged to be more generous to others. Not for extra blessing or appreciation from others, but knowing that in giving to the poor I am giving directly to God.

Prayer: Lord, may I loosen the grip I have around my finances, time and belongings. May I see You in everyone I meet and generously give to others. Amen.

How can you show your generosity today?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.