Who is poor?
10 Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
1 John 3:17
17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?
…….‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
The poor because of laziness, disobedience, moral/spiritual degrade, foolishness. Don’t feed their mistakes, show them the way.
- Proverbs 20:13 – “Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare”.
- Proverbs 28:19 – “The one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty”.
- Proverbs 23:2 – “Drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags”.
The poor because of disease, disabilities, famine, or other catastrophes. Show Compassion.
Natural evil is not directly caused by a person’s own actions or another person’s actions against them. Rather, this type of evil is a part of the fallen created order and, as such, involves material forces beyond human control. Natural evil can lead to poverty when it causes
- A loss of material goods,
- The death of a family provider – 1 Timothy 5 “Widows that need help”
- Disease or physical infirmity that prevents a
person from labour and production
- Mark 5:25–26 – Woman with Bleeding issue
- Luke 18:35 – Blind beggar that received sight from Jesus
The poor because of exploitation, oppression, isolation and injustice. Find them Justice.
- Proverbs 19:4 – “Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.”
- Proverbs 13:23 – “A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.”
- Job 24:9 – “The infant of the poor is seized for a debt”.
- Safeguarding policy @ Kisiizi
The poor for righteousness’ sake. Support where you can.
- Missionaries – Friends of Kisiizi/ Kisiizi Partners.
A. W. Tozer:
A real Christian is an odd number, anyway.
He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen;
talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see;
expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another;
empties himself in order to be full;
admits he is wrong so he can be declared right;
goes down in order to get up;
is strongest when he is weakest;
richest when he is poorest;
happiest when he feels the worst.
He dies so he can live;
forsakes in order to have;
gives away so he can keep;
sees the invisible;
hears the inaudible;
and knows that which passeth knowledge.
—A. W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1955), 156.