Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
Jesus: God’s Solution to the Poor January 22
Food for Thought: Ps. 22:24
God loves for us to help the poor in any way we can, and we should. However, some people mistakenly think that if we just give the poor lots of material help (food, clothing, money, etc.), then they will come to Christ automatically. Usually that is not the case. You can’t “bribe” people to enter the Kingdom and shouldn’t have to. The Bible says the Kingdom is like a giant pearl to be greatly desired, so much so that you’d be willing to sell all to get it.
We learned this lesson the hard way when we were “budding” missionaries working in the village of 2 de Octubre. We flooded the people with lots of goodies every time we went. We gave them our best in sharing the Word, too, all the while enduring hardships for the cause of Christ. But when the goodies stopped coming, so did most of the people. Eventually, that little church that we established made some hurtful decisions and trickled down to almost nothing.
God desires to help the poor. He gave His Son so that they could be rich. So now, we give the people the most valuable thing we have: Jesus. (Of course, in extreme situations, we discretely provide the material help they need.) Once curses are broken off their lives and they understand the blessing of faith in Jesus, they get set free from poverty and He meets all their needs. We’ve seen it work time and time again.
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