A few weeks ago, I did a post on Faith Promise Living. I want to follow up on that post with some verses that I heard during a Francis Chan message at Catalyst 2010. I don’t want to analyze these verses, just put them in word for word and let you read them. (The Bold emphasis is mine)
1 John 3:16-17 – We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
Ez 16:49 – Sodom’s sins were pride, gluttony, and laziness, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door.
Jer 22:16 – He gave justice and help to the poor and needy,and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord.
Matt 25:44-45 – “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
Luke 12:33 – “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it.
Luke 14:13-14 – Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.”
Rom 12:13 – When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Ps 37:25-26 – Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.The godly always give generous loans to others,and their children are a blessing.
Prov 19:17 – If you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord—and he will repay you!
Prov 28:27 – Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing,but those who close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.
Prov 21:13 – Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need.
Isa 58:6-7 – “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: … Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.
James 1:27 – Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
According to www.globalrichlist.com…
…if you make $50,000 a year, you are in the top 1% of the richest people in the world.
…if you make $20,000 a year, you are in the top 12% of the richest people in the world.
…if you make $1000 a year, you are still in the top 44% of the richest people in the world.
…and lastly, if you make $500 A YEAR!, you are still in the top 80% of the richest people in the world.
What that means is that 20% of the worlds population (roughly 1.3 BILLION people) is living on less than $500 a year. Crazy!
One practical things we can do this year is help out with Samaritan’s Purse. For only $7 (plus some simple toys and other accessories), you can make a HUGE difference in a needy child’s Christmas this year.
Maybe you or your family would consider sponsoring an orphan in 2011. Check out my cousin’s website at gpartners.org. Global Partners can get you set up at $25 / month and 100% of your donation goes directly to the orphanage where your child stays!
Get involved. Continue FPL… Faith Promise Living. God is still working on me. I have LOTS to learn in this thing called the Christian Life. It’s more like a journey, and in many ways, I feel like I’m just getting started.
Matt 9:36-38 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”