But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Rich in things
Most of us are fortunate enough to have roofs over our heads, clothes on our backs and food on the table. We have multiple cars in our driveways or garages. We spend money on concerts, movies, and sporting events. We spend $4-$5 on a coffee.
I’m not saying these things are bad in and of themselves. I’m simply asking that we think about the opposite of this rich way of life.
There are many in our cities, towns, states…maybe even in your church…that are struggling with the basics.
They don’t know where the next meal will come from. Or even when it will come. They have no shelter. And not all of them chose this.
I have lived in and visited large cities where there are homeless on the corners or in doorways.
Where there are places that people avoid so that they do not have to see this side of humanity.
Rich in what matters
If we are professing to be Christians having the love of God in us, then why do we often struggle with showing that love to those less fortunate?
I have seen the sidelong glances at the outcasts in our streets, our churches. The “What are they doing in here” looks…the “Why don’t they get a job” looks.
Did you ever stop to think that with one change in your life that could be you?
Don’t Hold It Against Me
Be rich by showing love
- Can you go buy them a meal and bring it back to them?
- Can you pack a backpack with toiletry items and a change of clothes or a blanket?
- Can you contact someone who could better assist them?
- Can you just take a moment and pray for them?