Daily Devotional “Ministering To The Poor”
June 24, 2023
“If a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say,….
‘You sit here in a good place,’ and you say to the poor man, ‘You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?” (James 2:2-4).
You must show equal respect to poor and rich alike.
Partiality is an age-old problem that exists in almost every area of life.
Perhaps its most common manifestations are racial, religious, and socio-economic discrimination.
By implication James denounced partiality in any form, but in James 2:2-4 he specifically mentions preferential treatment of the rich over the poor.
He knew such favoritism was devastating not only because it is sinful, but also because the majority of believers in the early church were poor, common people.
Discriminating against them would have struck a blow at the very heart of the church!
From its inception the church has upheld the priority of ministering to the poor.
Acts 2:44-45 says, “All those who had believed were together, and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.”
Paul organized a relief fund for the needy saints in Jerusalem (1 Corinthians. 16:1-4), and during one severe famine,….
“in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea.
And this they did, sending it in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders” (Acts 11:29-30).
God has chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, but some of James’s readers were dishonoring them (vv. 5-6).
That had to stop! We too must honor the poor by treating them with dignity rather than prejudice, and meeting their needs whenever possible.
Be alert to those around you whom you might help in some practical way.
Ask the Lord to keep you sensitive to those around you, and for wisdom to know how to respond to their needs.
Read 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, noting the kinds of people God uses to accomplish His purposes.
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