Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27, 2015:  Helping the Needy

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 269  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of the group Avalon singing… Orphans of God, … expressing how there are no orphans in God’s family … so we must reach out to treat all as God has treated us.

Highlight Passage:   Matthew 25: 40 [NKJV]  … 
40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 
… How are we treating him today?
Highlight Context – Matthew 25: 31-40 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  Jesus will come again to Judge the nations for our compassion or lack thereof

Reference Passage #1 - Proverbs 29: 7 [NKJV] … 
7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor; but the wicked does not understand such knowledge.
… Could the exhortation be any clearer?

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Dave Branon, teaches how Christians must have compassion on the poor by relating the story of one such Christian in the 19th century. Branon wrote for ODB today, … The year was 1780, and Robert Raikes had a burden for the poor, illiterate children in his London neighborhood. He noticed that nothing was being done to help these children, so he set out to make a difference. … He hired some women to set up schools for them on Sunday. Using the Bible as their textbook, the teachers taught the poorest children of London to read and introduced them to the wisdom of the Bible. Soon about 100 children were attending these classes and enjoying lunch in a safe, clean environment. These “Sunday schools,” as they were soon called, eventually touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls. By 1831, Sunday schools in Great Britain reached more than a million children—all because one man understood this truth: “The righteous considers the cause of the poor” (Prov. 29:7). 

Okay, I’m duly convicted; and I certainly don’t have to write any more here to get Branon’s point across more clearly, especially in the teachings of Jesus from the Matthew 25 passage, linked above. Today, and all days, we simply have to look to the attitude we, as Christians, hold for the poor and needy and then we must look to what we’re doing before Christ returns to serve Him in having compassion to those who are Christ in the flesh.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, my Lord, … help me to be more like You in serving You.  … Amen  

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