Monday, November 24, 2014

Feeding the Hungry, Clothing the Naked and other Aid to the Poor

Something my cousin wrote set my mind to thinking about our attitude toward the poor and helping others. Scott made the statement that we don't truly own anything -- as Christians, everything we have is literally just on loan to us by God. We all like the quote, "the cattle on a thousand hills belong to God," when we're asking Him for something, but we tend to forget that there are people on them hills who say those cattle belong to them. And it's a pretty good bet that many of those who claim that ownership on those hills are Christians!

Our attitude toward helping those who are less fortunate certainly needs improvement, but when we stop to think that we own nothing, that we're only stewards of God's blessings, it really makes the whole concept of Christ's teaching us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give the cloak when someone asks for our coat, etc., much clearer. He wasn't telling us to give OUR things away, He was telling us to give HIS things away.

It also goes hand in hand with Christ teaching us to not store up treasure on this earth. The only things we can store are the things that belong to God, so why are we hoarding them in big bank accounts, stock portfolios and huge mansions? As the old Rambos song says, "the things that I love are not mine at all; Jesus only let me use them to brighten my life." But, we're also supposed to be brightening the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Now, I'm not saying you can't live in a nice house, or have a nice bank account. No, God wants us to be able to cover all the expenses we have, and be prepared for rainy days and emergencies, which means we should have funds available, but He also wants us to remember that our true treasure is in Heaven, and that treasure isn't material possession. It's spiritual treasure that we should be seeking!

Just my opinion, but hopefully you can see that this opinion is based on Biblical principle and scripture.