“Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.” Proverbs 28:27 NLT

Whenever the Christmas season arrives I’m always met with a ringing bell. You know the bell! Not jingle bells but that annoying sweet bell. The one you hear on your way into the store for shopping. There’s someone with a red Salvation Army apron on standing over a kettle ringing a bell and it disturbs my conscience. They are ringing the bell because someone needs our help.

It makes start thinking about what I’m purchasing in this store versus what someone in poverty needs. What does God have to do to get us to see the poor?

Jesus was right. The poor will always be with you. The gap between the “Haves and Have-nots” is continually growing. There’s a new group called the “working poor.” You may never recognize them because they make enough to look presentable but not enough to prosper. Do you see them?

When you see them God rings a bell in your conscience that says, “Help them!” But we ignore the ringing on our way to our selfish spending. “I’m poor too!!” Are you really? There is always someone worse off than us.

  1. Whoever gives to the poor lacks nothing. I didn’t grow up in a rich family. I remember food stamps, hand me down clothes, and winters without heat but I also remember a lot of love! I always saw my mother, grandmother, and grandfather helping people. God always took care of us because we took care of others. God’s cannot go back on his word. When we help the poor we lack nothing!
  2. When we close out to poverty we will be cursed. When we have it and we refuse to give it that’s when we curse ourselves. Do what you cannot what you can’t.
  3. It’s more blessed to give than it is to receive. The next time you hear the bell ringing in your conscience stop and ask yourself,” can I afford to help? Or can I afford not to?”

Dear God,

Help me to be tuned in to the needs of those less fortunate. Show me how I can give of my time to help someone, my talent to bless someone, or my tithe to bless a community through ministry. Thank you for sending angels to my family when we were poor and needed help. If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be? Thank you for seeing me?

In Jesus,

Amen