“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt NOT harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth” (Deuteronomy 15:7-8).
Even the best of us, if we aren’t careful, can become cold and callous when it comes to the needs of the poor. It happens all of the time! It happens to me. No doubt’ it has happened to you on an occasion or two.
This morning, while walking towards my Stateside “office” (Starbucks), I see a homeless woman. It is very apparent that she isn’t just homeless, she has been for quite sometime.
My heart breaks!
I don’t know who she is. I don’t know how or why she is in this predicament.
But does that really matter?
She’s someone’s daughter, sister, possibly wife and mother. Possibly, she is someone’s grandmother!
What if this was my mother? What if this was my wife? What if she was my daughter? How about my granddaughter? Again, she’s someone’s mother, wife, daughter, and/or sister. Regardless of how she got where she is, how would I hope and pray that others would treat her?
Above that, she is loved by my Saviour!
After seeing this, and helping her, I changed my message for College Chapel to “Considering the Poor” (Deu 15:7-11; 1 Jas 2:14-18; 1 Jn 3:16-18; Matt 25:31-46)!
After I preached in Chapel, one of our staff members, Nick Grande, sent this short clip to me. Good stuff!
Check it out. It’s less than two minutes. It’ll be a blessing!