Isaiah 58:10: "[A]nd if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday."
Someone once said, "God must love the poor, He made so many of them." To which someone else replied, "God didn't make them that way, the IRS did."
We know that we have a world inhabited by many, many ,many poor people. No matter how poor we may think we are, we can always find someone who is in worst shape that we are. The Bible teaches us that we need to have a concern for those less fortunate than ourselves. The passage above challenges us to "spend" ourselves on their behalf.
We often donate our leftover clothes and items to Salvation Army or Goodwill and try to convince ourselves that we have gone above and beyond in helping the poor. Few of us are really like Mother Theresa. Jesus would say that "[We] gave out of [our] surplus." (Mark 12:44 paraphrased). When we need to give all of ourselves for the needy.
Today, consider how you might give of yourself to someone in need - not from your excess, but from all that you have.
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