“Remember the poor”

Lately in my prayers I have remembered the people of Japan, as well as others who have suffered great loss due to weather related tragedies. I think the following article by Charles Spurgeon adequately expresses my feelings.

“Remember the poor.”

— Gal 2:10

Why does God allow so many of His children to be poor? He could make them all rich if He pleased; He could lay bags of gold at their doors; He could send them a large annual income; or He could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that He sees it to be best.

“The cattle upon a thousand hills are His”—He could supply them; He could make the richest, the greatest, and the mightiest bring all their power and riches to the feet of His children, for the hearts of all men are in His control. But He does not choose to do so; He allows them to suffer want, He allows them to pine in penury and obscurity.

Why is this? There are many reasons: one is, to give us, who are favored with enough, an opportunity of showing our love to Jesus. We show our love to Christ when we sing of Him and when we pray to Him; but if there were no sons of need in the world we should lose the sweet privilege of evidencing our love, by ministering in alms-giving to His poorer brethren; He has ordained that thus we should prove that our love standeth not in word only, but in deed and in truth. If we truly love Christ, we shall care for those who are loved by Him. Those who are dear to Him will be dear to us.

Let us then look upon it not as a duty but as a privilege to relieve the poor of the Lord’s flock—remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Surely this assurance is sweet enough, and this motive strong enough to lead us to help others with a willing hand and a loving heart—recollecting that all we do for His people is graciously accepted by Christ as done to Himself.

The following scriptures go along beautifully with Spurgeon’s thoughts.

Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deut 15:10-11

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. Prov 19:17

2 comments for ““Remember the poor”

  1. March 20, 2011 at 3:18 am

    “pine in penury”??? I have very dear friends who have been involved in Haiti mission work (and medical clinic) for well over a quarter century. They are well respected by the United Nations and the Haiti government because of their selfless work for the Haitian people. After the earthquake devastated Haiti last year they made several trips over their with teams of doctors (they are in Haiti as I write this) and helped treat hundreds of injured people. They have established a self sufficient village that feeds over 2,000 children every day. He told me that most of the money sent to help the people after the earthquake simply did not get to the people, and seldom does. For that reason, I am very hesitant to send money to any agency after a disaster. Maybe this is the cheap way out, but I pay my taxes (boy do I pay taxes!) and when our government sends the millions and billions of dollars in aid, I figure I’ve helped. Otherwise, I send help through very known and trusted entities such as the Haiti Endowment Fund (our friend’s organization). To just send money often does not good at all other than line the pockets of corrupt government (I know, I am being redundant) officials.
    Greg, somehow I knew you would “love” pine in penury, or languish in poverty. We are also very selective in the avenue we donate. What I liked about the article is that always having the poor or needy among us, it is another way for those who have been “more” blessed to show the love of Jesus by helping them in their need.
    I’m sure going to miss you!!

  2. jel
    March 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    morning janice,
    thanks for stopping by,
    I thought it was a cool song,
    you asked if I was well~ yes I’m ,but after reading Birthday Boy’s post today (G E) I’m about to cry

    hope all is well with y’all. happy spring 🙂

    I know, it breaks my heart to. I ALWAYS read his posts. We can cry together. 🙁

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