“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
Jesus speaks of the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. To the sheep, He says:
“Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.” (Matthew 25:34-36)
“I tell you the truth, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you do for Me.” (Matthew 25:40)
What a frightening thought: to show contempt for the Maker of the poor, the “least of these brothers of [Jesus].” When we are given what matches our abilities, we are then expected to use those resources to show kindness to the needy, to those who have less than we do.
I find these scriptures very convicting this morning, as I approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, some churches, some grocery stores are sending out pleas for money.
Perhaps you have money as the resource God has provided to you; or perhaps you have time. Maybe you have both money and time. Consider giving generously this year to those who are needy. Remember as you give to the poor, you give to Jesus.