“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 23:22
How much of your income is set aside to help the poor and help those who are either new to town and trying to get established, or who are just staying as guests for a while? How does that compare to what is set a side for your own use? The Lord has commanded us to give a 10% tithe to the local storehouse (your local church,) but from Leviticus, we also learn that the remaining 90% left over is not all ours and that we should be setting aside portions of it to help those in need.
Open your eyes to find those in need around you. Who needs a meal? Who needs a jacket? Who needs a friendly card to show that someone cares? Who needs a bouquet of flowers? Who needs help fixing their car? Start looking and your eyes will be opened. God will reveal to you those people who need help from the income that He has generously provided you. Who knows? You may be the one in need one day.
Are you filling your chipmunk cheeks to store up for your future or are you sharing your nuts with those in need? How many closets do you have that are bulging at the seams? How many storage bins are full of stuff not needed? How much is set a side ‘for a rainy day?’
- “Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.” Proverbs 28:27
Father God, Open our eyes to see those in need around us. Give us generous hearts for what you have already given us so that we can more freely share it with others. Lord, show us how to be a blessing to those whom you want to touch. As we serve them, open their hearts to see You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.