Is Your Charity Hurting or Helping? Part 1/5

Part 1: Why Should We Help the Poor?

So why should we help the poor? The answer initially seems obvious…Yes, it’s the right thing to do. However, I would like to spend a little time talking about why we should help the poor. Often we are in a rush to help without a full and complete understanding of why we should help the poor. Helping the poor is extremely important to God; the scriptures are filled with God’s voice telling us to care for the poor. I think it's because He knows that we will often get busy living life and forget them. The Apostle Paul gives us such a reminder in Galatians 2:9-10:

“James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.”

Although both groups were ministering to different groups of people, they were reminding each other to not forget the poor among them. However, I talk to people every day who struggle with the idea of remembering the poor. I think it's like anything else in our lives; if we are not intentional, it will definitely slip to the back burner of our life. So here are three things you can do to be more intentional about helping the poor:

  1. Pray. I believe that when we pray God will hear us and one of the things He will do is open opportunities for us to serve people. PiN started when my wife Anne and I prayed to God about helping the poor.

  2. Meet someone who is poor. Maybe you could spend some time getting to know someone who is poor. Maybe next time you walk past a homeless person, instead of looking the other way, you sit down and talk to them.

  3. Financially support an Organization that helps poor people. Yes, PiN is a great place to support financially, and so are many other organizations. Often people say they can’t help financially right now; however, I would argue that everyone reading this blog could probable afford $25 a month if you really wanted to.

To see other Blogs in this series, click "Charity Hurts"

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