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Tuesday, March 8, 2011


"They also asked us to remember the poor--the very thing I also was eager to do."--Galatians 2:10.  Paul describing what happened at the Council of Jerusalem (See Acts 15:1-35).  This was one of the things Paul was asked to do.  He and those with him were asked to remember the poor.  Paul not only agrees but it is the very thing he was eager to do. 

Rich, what do you think of? Before you answer this question, ask yourself these questions.  Did you have a roof over your head when you went to bed last night?  Did you have easy access to your last meal today? You obviously have a computer at your disposal or you would not be reading this. How much money do you have? Truth is money is the least important of these series of questions.  If you had a roof over your head and did not have to fight for your last meal, many people would consider you wealthy.  There are even people that would die to have that fixer upper car.  That fixer upper car makes you rich.  Our bank account may not have a lot of money in it right now but the fact that we do not have to fight to meet our most basic of needs shows that we are rich, not poor regardless of how much money we have in our bank account right now.

Poor..what do you think of when you think of poor? Not having a lot of money? Being in college or preaching school like me living on support? I sometimes joke about being a "broke preaching student" and I have joked about being a "broke college student."  But it's images like the one above that remind me how blessed we are.  Again, this is REGARDLESS of how much money is in our bank account. If God has blessed you with a warm bed to sleep in and with easy access to your next meal, you are rich.

What is our attitude towards the poor? Are we like Paul? Eager to remember the poor. This is not some sort of sales pitch to write a check and donate it to some charity. This is an appeal to not neglect this portion of our society.  At the end of the day, these too are souls in need of Christ and His gospel.  Keep an eye out for these people.  If you are not able to meet their need when you see one, we need to at least make an effort to talk to them. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. PRAY ABOUT THEM. LOVE Y'ALL. GOD BLESS. Remember Matthew 25:31-46.

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