From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, April 15, 2018
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
God associates Himself so closely with the poor among His people that to give to them is to give to Him. Because of this, we never need fear that giving to God-honoring, dignity-respecting programs, such as our global mission’s day, that address poverty are a waste. Our Creator will return our investment and then some, granting us eternal rewards in heaven. Almsgiving will not get us into heaven, but only the righteousness of Christ. However, God rewards the good works done to honor Him.
The Lord does not overlook what His people do to help others. When we help the poor acquire basic necessities and even to prepare and train them to eventually escape material poverty, we are doing what God finds pleasing. Caring appropriately for the poor takes wisdom, and he that winneth a soul is wise. Let us seek to aid the poor wisely, both in their material and spiritual poverty.
Wisdom has to be exercised in caring for the impoverished, but make no mistake: every believer who helps the poor for the right reasons can count on God’s blessing.
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor