An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, February 22, 2019

More Than a Check

(Proverbs 22:9 KJV)  He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Being generous is not covered by giving to the United Way or some large charity.  Much of what you give goes to big salaries or is wasted in administration.  We are to be generous to the “poor” (1800b) not the executives of large charities.  When it came to an organization like the Red Cross I would not even donate blood to them.  As a general rule the only money I hand over to organized groups goes to the Salvation Army.  I am still confident that most of my gift will go to actually help someone in need. 

We are still expected to help the needy.  One of the elements that we overlook is that in order to really help someone we need to be involved in their lives.  Before the church was expelled by the welfare system of the government we were involved in the lives of the poor.  We would visit them in their homes and if we were giving them financial aid we would also teach them about budgeting.  We would pray with them.  In the process we would not only meet their physical needs but we would also work on their deeper needs.  In the process we were also made better persons.

So?  Don’t write a check and feel like you have done your part.  God wants us involved in people’s lives not just being an EBT card.


Gorges Smythe said...

Amen. And you're right about the Salvation Army.

Pumice said...

Long may they resist government control.

Grace and peace